DUI checkpoint

Multiple law enforcement agencies participate in a Kern Avoid DUI checkpoint on California Avenue in Bakersfield in this 2009 photo.

A DUI and driver's license checkpoint will be held between 6 p.m. and 2 a.m. Friday night at undisclosed location in the city, Bakersfield Police Department has announced.

In a news release, BPD said DUI collisions have claimed 26 lives and resulted in 487 injury crashes harming 682 people in the past three years.

Drug-impaired driving — which includes illegal narcotics but also prescription drugs, marijuana and some over-the counter medications — accounts for a growing number of DUI crashes, BPD said.

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