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Checkpoint nets 12 arrests

Chris Bashaw, Assistant Editor
3:16 pm PDT August 25, 2014

Twelve individuals were arrested at a driver’s license and DUI checkpoint conducted along Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu by personnel from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Malibu-lost Hills Station on Friday, Aug. 15. Included in the arrested was one alcohol-related DUI arrest, as well as an arrest made on a drugs-related charge.
One driver operating a vehicle with a suspended or revoked license was arrested and sent to court, along with nine other unlicensed drivers.
Five vehicles were stored for one day, one vehicle was impounded for 30 days and five vehicles were released at the checkpoint.
Between 7 p.m. Friday and 3 a.m. Saturday, 1,210 vehicles passed through the checkpoint; of those vehicles, 1,045 drivers were checked.
“This . . . checkpoint lowers DUI deaths and injuries,” a LASD press release states. “A major component of these checkpoints is the deterrent effects it has on those who might drive drunk or drugged impaired bring about more awareness and encouraging everyone to use sober designated drivers.”
Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent.
Funding for these operations is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety http://www.ots.ca.gov/ through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration www.nhtsa.gov.
To ensure saftey, LASD encourages residents to arrange rides for friends, family, coworkers and themselves before drinking.
Designated drivers should be provided free non-alcoholic beverages or other promotional items.
Malibu residents are encouraged to report drunken drivers by dialing 9-1-1.