WEST HOLLYWOOD—The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Traffic Services Detail will be conducting a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint on Saturday, March 28, at an undisclosed location in West Hollywood, between 7:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.
“Driving Under the Influence/Driver’s License (DUI/CDL) Checkpoints are conducted by deputies with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department on a regular basis,” according to an LA County Sheriff’s statement.
A checkpoint conducted last month along the PCH in Malibu netted 13 arrests and multiple citations.
The statement cites research that suggest that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when DUI checkpoints are well-publicized and conducted often.
Sgt. Daniel A. Dail of Traffic Services Detail said, “Over the course of the past three years in the contract cities policed by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, DUI collisions have claimed 33 lives and resulted in 898 injury crashes harming 1,330 of our friends and neighbors.”
During the upcoming checkpoint, which is funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety, specially trained deputies will be looking for signs of alcohol and drug impairment. They will also be checking the license of each driver, which according to the sheriff’s department, should “[delay] motorists only momentarily.”
In California, intoxicated drivers killed 802 people in 2012.
The statement cites recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) research on drugged driving, which reveals that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems. More drivers tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent). And of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol.
The NHTSA also argues that checkpoints provide the most effective results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while simultaneously achieving a cost saving of $6 for every $1 spent.
“Nearly 90 percent of California drivers approve of DUI checkpoints,” according to the NHTSA.
LA County Sheriff’s Department says that DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations with the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence.
A DUI can result in jail time, fines and fees, DUI classes, and other expenses that can exceed $10,000—and the sheriff’s department adds—“not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out.”