La Quinta police will be out in full force this month looking to arrest people driving under the influence, scheduling three DUI checkpoints in December.
Corporal Don Olson says there will be a checkpoint on: Dec. 15, 22 and 29.
The checkpoints will take place at undisclosed locations, between the hours of 7 p.m. and 3 a.m., he said.
"Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed 4 lives and resulted in 31 injury crashes harming 45 of our friends and neighbors," said La Quinta Corporal Don Olson.
In 2010, over 10,000 people were killed nationally in DUI crashes, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety.
"DUI Checkpoints have been an essential part of the phenomenal reduction in DUI deaths that we witnessed since 2006 in California," said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the Office of Traffic Safety. "But since the tragedy of DUI accounts for nearly one third of traffic fatalities, the city of La Quinta needs the high visibility enforcement and public awareness that checkpoints provide."
Funding for the checkpoints is provided by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, via a state grant.