Sheriff’s Department Conducting DUI Check in WeHo Tomorrow

Dui_Checkpoint_4_500x300The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department’s Traffic Services Detail will be running a checkpoint in West Hollywood on Friday from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. to discover drivers who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs or who are driving without a license.

The Sheriff’s Department conducts regular checks in an effort to deter people from driving under the influence. Research shows that crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough.

Deputies will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Deputies will also check drivers for proper licensing and will strive to delay motorists only momentarily. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving. Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

In 2011, nearly 10,000 people were killed nationally in motor vehicle traffic crashes that involved at least one driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 percent or higher. In California, this deadly crime led to 774 deaths because someone failed to designate a sober driver.

“Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed 49 lives and resulted in 893 injury crashes harming 1,113 of our friends and neighbors,” said Sgt. Joseph Jakl of the Risk Management Bureau.

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. Based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests, DUI checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public.

CORRECTION:  An earlier version of this story listed the checkpoint end time as 3 p.m.

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Henry E. (Hank) Scott is the founder and former publisher and editor of WEHOville.com

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steve
steve
7 years ago

I went through one of those and they wanted to know where I was going where I was coming from and wanted to search my vehicle, I never drink and drive. nothing like having my constitutional rights stepped on. I never told them where I was going where I was coming from.. none their business. and the war drugs is a waste time. Drugs need to be made legal.

erik
erik
7 years ago

checkpoints are good but the Sheriff’s Department narcotics division should use young looking officers walking the alleys and side streets looking for drugs and work to find the dealers. drugs are more of a problem than drinking. The City Council should approve additional funding for a drug task force that is very aggressive.

mike dunn
mike dunn
7 years ago

People who drive intoxicated are stupid. And to attempt to go thru a check point when they are well posted and easy to see blocks before you reach them make those who drink and drive stupid times two.

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