MALIBU—The Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriffs department has issued a statement specifying that they will be conducting several DUI/Driver’s License checkpoints within the city of Malibu on Friday, April 19 between the hours of 7:30 p.m. and 3:30 a.m.
DUI Checkpoint in Malibu. Photo courtesy of Facebook.
According to the statement released by Sergeant Philip Brooks of the Malibu/Lost Hills Police Department, “officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment,” while also checking drivers for proper licensing. Brooks also indicated that officers will do their very best to conduct all checks as fast as possible in order prevent traffic delays.
Brooks went on to say that all suspects, who are suspected of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, will be assessed and possibly charged with a DUI.
Sergeant Brooks also made it a point to list all of the consequences that those arrested should expect, including facing jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, regular DUI checkpoints are the most effective and efficient ways of reducing drug related accidents.
In the past three years alcohol related accidents have taken two lives, injured 22 and harmed 28 people in the
Malibu area. In hopes of reducing this count, the Malibu Sheriff’s department has decided to conduct more “highly-publicized” checkpoints as studies have proven they reduce the collision rate by 20 percent. The director of the Office of Traffic Safety indicates that
Malibu needs more visibility enforcement and public awareness that checkpoints provide.
The funding for the project comes from the California Office of Traffic Safety, and all locations are chosen based on where officers predict the most success.