DUI Checkpoint Planned Friday in Commerce


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COMMERCE (CNS) - A DUI checkpoint will be held at an undisclosed location Friday in Commerce, sheriff's officials said Tuesday.

The checkpoint will last from 6 p.m. until 2 a.m., targeting impaired drivers.

"Impaired drivers put others on the road at significant risk," Sgt. Michael Lenning said. "Any prevention measures that reduce the number of impaired drivers on our roads significantly improves traffic safety."

Driving while impaired does not only refer to being drunk behind the wheel. Sheriff's officials noted that some prescription medications and over- the-counter drugs may cause a person to become impaired.

Medicinal and recreational marijuana is legal, but driving under the influence of cannabis is illegal. Drivers charged with a first-time DUI offense are subject to hefty fines and a suspended license, according to the sheriff's department.

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