DeFUNIAK SPRINGS — The Walton County Sheriff’s Office will conduct a DUI and Roadside Safety Checkpoint on Friday, July 19, between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m. on U.S. Highway 90 near the intersection of Bishop Pond Road.
DUI checkpoints are placed based on collision statistics and DUI arrest frequency to afford the greatest opportunity to achieve drunken and drugged driving deterrence, according to a press release from the Sheriff's Office. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for deputies and the public.
Deputies will look for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment and check drivers for proper licensing. When possible, specially trained deputies will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving, which now accounts for a growing number of impaired driving crashes, the Sheriff's Office said.
There were 5,125 alcohol-involved crashes in Florida in 2017. Of those, 350 were fatalities, the release said.
DUI arrests can include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspensions and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.