Dublin Police Services plans to conduct a DUI checkpoint this holiday weekend in the area of Dublin Boulevard and Civic Plaza.
In announcing the checkpoint in advance, Capt. Nate Schmidt said the operation's primary purpose is not to make arrests but to promote public safety by deterring motorists from driving while impaired.
"The safety of our community is, and always will be, our mission," he said. "We are looking for impaired drivers, because driving under the influence is dangerous and puts others on the road at risk."
The checkpoint will operate from 7 p.m. Saturday to 3 a.m. Sunday. The location was chosen based on a history of DUI crashes and arrests.
Officers will be on the lookout for drivers showing signs of being under the influence of alcohol, marijuana or other drugs. Schmidt reminded residents that some prescription medications and over-the-counter drugs can impair a driver.
"If you plan on drinking or taking medications that may impact your ability to drive safely, plan on staying at home," Schmidt said. "Drivers charged with a first-time DUI face an average of $13,500 in fines and penalties, as well as a suspended license."
The program is being funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.