23 Arrests Made at Friday's Checkpoint, 1 for DUI

The others were for driving without a license, carrying a concealed weapon, driving with a suspended license and having a warrant out for their arrest.

One person was arrested for DUI at Malibu's DUI checkpoint Friday. Patch file photo.
One person was arrested for DUI at Malibu's DUI checkpoint Friday. Patch file photo.
When Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies set up a DUI checkpoint, the net they cast catches a lot more than just suspected DUIs.

Friday's checkpoint resulted in one arrest for a DUI, but many more for driving without a license or a suspended license, and even one for carrying a concealed weapon. They also found two people who had warrants out for their arrest.

Several others were cited for drinking alcohol from open containers.

Between 7 p.m. and 3 a.m. Friday, personnel from the Malibu/Lost Hills Station conducted a DUI/driver's licenseo checkpoint at Pacific Coast Hightway at Webb Way. 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 an LASD statement.

Here are the stats for Friday night's setup:

1758 vehicles through the checkpoint 
1709 drivers checked at the checkpoint 
1 DUI – alcohol suspect arrested 
13 unlicensed drivers were arrested and sent to court 
6 suspended/revoked drivers were arrested and sent to court 
6 vehicles were stored for one day 
8 vehicles were impounded for 30 days 
10 vehicle were released per checkpoint release procedures 
1 motorist was arrested for possession of a concealed deadly weapon (felony) 
4 motorists cited for open container 
2 suspects arrested and cited to court for misdemeanor warrants 

Lorelei Shark July 14, 2014 at 01:21 PM
Dave Raines, you are the person working for the Sheriffs or Police CHPs, whatever. You always defend the use of DUI checkpoints and explain to the we the public how they are legal and how great they work. Tell me the answer to the question I asked to begin with. What are the statistics of DUIs in Malibu that warrant weekly, secret, checkpoints. They are publicized - but not where - it's like a Craps shoot. Since you state I haven't looked very far to find the statistics I seek - please enlighten me.
Will Smith July 14, 2014 at 01:59 PM
Mr. Raines and the Malibu politicians would ignore the fact that the legitimate DUI Checkpoint studies are inconclusive as to their effectiveness to find impaired drivers. The CDC did not actually do the studies, but only reviewed studies that were conducted by MADD and others who have an anti-alcohol or religious agenda. It is generally accepted within law enforcement that there are better and cheaper methods to remove impaired drivers. Nevertheless, some believe the notion that inconveniencing the public, to publicize their cause will stop the drunks from driving. As more people recognize that this technique is an intrusion of their privacy and denigrates the Sheriffs who have to go through the charade, it will eventually lose its popularity. That was the case in 12 other states which have banned this practice. The dark side of the DUI Checkpoints is that they are being used as a pretense to find the undocumented, which is clearly illegal. It appears that the law and order crowd would only choose to enforce the laws they like.
Ann Tomkins July 15, 2014 at 09:38 AM
It would be nice to see some follow-up on the dui arrests. Did they result in convictions? Blood alcohol level? IMO checkpoints can be very effective in the right locations but are not necessary in Malibu. It is easy to spot a drunk driver on PCH because of the speed limit and curves in the road. Patrolling officers would be far more effective and would also cut down on the speeding and distracted driving which is a big problem on PCH. It pains me to see all the officers standing around at a checkpoint knowing that they could be out there patrolling the roads.
nicole July 15, 2014 at 11:25 AM
I agree with Ann. It's far more effective to have them patrolling and doing their jobs. Very easy to spot erratic drivers on PCH.
Robin July 16, 2014 at 06:40 PM
I agree patrols would be more effective than a checkpoint. If you want to catch drunk drivers just send out patrols on Saturday night or a holiday like July 4 between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. especially in the summer. This is when the parties start breaking up at the party rental houses (most of the Jet Living and AirBnB houses are rented for parties). I have observed so many stinking drunk people at these houses in my neighborhood its frightening to think of all these people getting on the road. Patrols would also catch the reckless drivers and speeders who have caused more accidents on PCH than the DUIs.


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