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No Arrests Made at May 27 DUI Checkpoint

June 5, 2016

BLYTHE, Calif – On Friday May 27, the Blythe Police Department and California Highway Patrol conducted a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint. The checkpoint was conducted in the eastbound lanes of Hobsonway near Palm Drive between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m.

A total of 377 vehicles came through the checkpoint. No arrests were made for driving under the influence, but according to Chief Jeff Wade “that’s a good thing. A DUI checkpoint is not all about making arrests. It’s as much about education and deterrence.”

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. 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.

During the checkpoint a total of 25 vehicles were detained in the secondary inspection area where Officers cited nine drivers. two for driving with a suspended license, two for driving without a valid license, three for not having their child in a car seat, one for possession of marijuana, and one for expired registration. One driver was given field sobriety tests and was found to be able to safely drive.

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