DUI Checkpoint in Los Angeles County results in 2 arrests
On January 16, 2016, in Compton, CA, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Traffic Services Detail conducted a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint at Rosecrans Avenue and Dwight Avenue between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m., and that DUI Checkpoint in Los Angeles County results in 2 DUI arrests. Only two DUI arrests, from 738 vehicles that passed through the DUI checkpoint, and from seven hours of stopping traffic and investigating.
As noted on this blog, DUI checkpoints are one of the worst ways for law enforcement to detect and apprehend drunk drivers. Saturation patrols are much more effective, and have a substantially higher arrest and conviction rate. However, since all federal and state funding goes to DUI Checkpoints only, they have become a profit center for police departments.
DUI Checkpoint in Los Angeles County results in 2 arrests – statistics
The statistics for the Compton DUI Checkpoint were as follows:
738 Vehicles through the Checkpoint
490 Vehicles Screened
1 DUI-Alcohol impaired suspect arrested
1 DUI-Combo (Alcohol / Marijuana) impaired suspect arrested
1 Suspect was Arrested for Knowingly Allowing an Unlicensed Driver to Drive, 14604 (a) CVC
4 Suspended / Revoked Drivers were Cited and Sent to Court
7 Unlicensed Drivers were Cited and Sent to Court
3 Vehicles were Impounded for 30 Days
6 Vehicles were Stored for 1 Day
Drivers caught and arrested for DUI can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses. The cost of a DUI can be $15,000 to $17,500 for a first time offense.
Despite the fact that the DUI Checkpoint in Los Angeles County results in 2 arrests only, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Traffic Services Detail have said that even with the low arrest rate, they are still planning additional DUI/Drivers License Checkpoints to spend the funding given specifically for this purpose, including officer overtime. This checkpoint, like all others in California, are funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety http://www.ots.ca.gov/ through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administrationhttp://www.nhtsa.gov/.
See our blog entry on How to Drink to Avoid a DUI. Or, AS A DRIVER, PLAN AHEAD WITH THESE TIPS:
- Arrange rides home for your friends, family, co-workers and yourself before the drinking begins
- Identify and provide free non-alcoholic drinks or other promotional items to the Designated Driver
- Party hosts and servers must limit drinks to your guests or patrons. Don’t serve more than one or two over several hours.
- Cut back on the amount of drinks you plan to bring to the party – and provide plenty of food.