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Signal Hill checkpoint results in 11 citations but none for DUI

December 20th, 2013 · No Comments · News

The Signal Hill Police Department (SHPD) Traffic Unit conducted a Driving Under the Influence (DUI)/Driver’s License checkpoint on Saturday, Dec. 14 at Willow Street and Signal Parkway between the hours of 8pm and 1 am.
Out of 350 vehicles screened, no motorists were arrested for DUI for either alcohol or drug impairment, possession/transportation/sales of illegal drugs or other criminal charges. However, 11 drivers were cited and/or arrested for operating a vehicle unlicensed or for driving with a suspended/revoked license.
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 SHPD, which also states that the DUI/ Driver’s License checkpoint lowers DUI deaths and injuries.
A major component of the checkpoints is the deterrent effects it has on those who might drive drunk or drug-impaired bringing about more awareness and encouraging everyone to use sober designated drivers, said a press release from SHPD.
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, according to SHPD.
Signal Hill police will be conducting another DUI/ Driver’s License Checkpoint and several DUI saturation patrols in January and February 2014 in the department’s ongoing commitment to “lowering deaths and injuries upon our streets and highways.”
The checkpoint was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the NHTSA. To report drunk drivers, residents are encouraged to call 9-1-1.

Source: SHPD

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