BLM schedules DUI checkpoints on public lands throughout Imperial County


Bureau of Land Management

BLM Office:

El Centro Field Office

Media Contact:

Michelle Van Der Linden

Two atvs ride dunes into the horizon. Photo by Jim Shepard/BLM.El Centro, CA – Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Law Enforcement Rangers will conduct driving under the influence (DUI) and registration checkpoints from noon Feb. 13, to 2 a.m., Feb. 17, on BLM-managed public lands in Imperial County within the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area.

Officers will look for signs of alcohol, drug impairment, proper registration, and licensing. DUI checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics, frequency of DUI arrests, and safety, to deter impaired driving, both on- and off-road on public lands to keep visitors safe.

“The BLM wants everyone to have a fun and safe Presidents Day weekend, while visiting and enjoying the public-lands recreation opportunities found at the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area,” said El Centro Field Office Manager Ryan Chatterton.  “Please be responsible and designate a sober driver for on- and off-road vehicle travel, the impact of a DUI is just not worth it.” 

The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons injured and killed in alcohol or drug related crashes.  Research indicates crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well publicized DUI checkpoints and proactive DUI patrols are conducted routinely. The latest data by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration documents drunk-driving crashes claim more than 10,000 lives per year.

Law Enforcement Rangers are reminding everyone to ‘Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1.’ For more information, visit and the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area’s Facebook page.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.