DUI checkpoint planned in Oceano on Friday night

In an effort to crack down on drunken drivers, the California Highway Patrol and Pismo Beach Police Department will conduct a joint sobriety checkpoint from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. in Oceano on Friday.

Motorists approaching a checkpoint will see informational signs warning them of the upcoming check. They will be diverted briefly as officers explain the purpose of the checkpoint.

All vehicles will be checked, unless traffic gets too heavy, in which case officers will stop vehicles using “a pre-set standard to assure objectivity,” according to a press release from the CHP.

In the release, the CHP wrote that arrest totals do not rise dramatically because of checkpoints, but they do tend to reduce the number of drinking drivers on the road.

“A major value of the checkpoints is their psychological influence,” the release says.