The Signal Hill Police Department (SHPD) Traffic Unit conducted a DUI/drivers license checkpoint on Dec. 22, 20112, at Willow Street and Cerritos Avenue between the hours of 8pm and 11:50pm. According to the SHPD, 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.
The following are the results that the SHPD reported for its Dec. 22 checkpoint:
• 296 vehicles screened
• two DUI-alcohol suspects arrested
• nine drivers cited/arrested for operating a vehicle unlicensed or while suspended/revoked
• nine citations issued
The SHPD will conduct another DUI/drivers license checkpoint on Tuesday, Feb. 5 and DUI saturation patrols on various days throughout the next three months.
The checkpoint was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the NHTSA.