There are two DUI/driver's license checkpoints coming up in the city of San Jacinto-- one during Christmas weekend, and the next during New Year's weekend.
The Riverside County Sheriff's Department says the first will be held on Saturday, Dec. 22, from 7 p.m. until 3 a.m.
The second one will be on Saturday, Dec. 29, also from 7 p.m. until 3 a.m.
"Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment," Sheriff's Sgt. Himmelberg said. "Officers will also check drivers for proper licensing and will strive to delay motorists only momentarily."
Himmelberg also said that "specially trained officers" will be on hand "to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving."
He said the cost of a DUI can run upwards of $10,000 for things like jail, license suspension fees, insurance increases, fines, other fees and classes.
"DUI checkpoints are conducted to educate the public on the dangers of impaired driving as well as to identify offenders and get them off the street," sheriff's Deputy Curtis Cox added.
Funding for the operations comes from state and federal grants.