Seven drivers were arrested on Fairfax Avenue south of Santa Monica Boulevard on Friday during a DUI/drivers license check conducted by the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department’s Traffic Services Detail.
The check was conducted from 6 p.m. Friday until 2 a.m. Saturday.
Deputies stopped 1,180 vehicles. One driver was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, two were arrested for driving under the influence of drugs, 3 were arrested or cited for operating a vehicle that was unlicensed or whose license had been suspended or revoked, and one driver was cited for operating a vehicle without an ignition interlock device.
Checkpoints are placed in locations where officers believe there is a high likelihood of finding drunk or drugged drivers.
The Sheriff’s Department reports that “in recent years, California has seen a disturbing increase in drug-impaired driving crashes. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department supports the new effort from the Office of Traffic Safety that aims to educate all drivers that ‘DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.’ If you take prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, you might be impaired enough to get a DUI. Marijuana can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs, and can result in a DUI.”