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DUI Checkpoint Planned (Again) in Malibu Friday

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.
From the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department:

Driving Under the Influence / Driver’s License (DUI/CDL) Checkpoints are conducted by deputies with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department on a regular basis. 

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Malibu/Lost Hills Station will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on Friday, June 20, in the city of Malibu between the hours of 7 p.m. and 3 a.m.  

The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes. Research shows that crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough. 

Deputies will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment.  Deputies will also check drivers for proper licensing and will strive to delay motorists only momentarily.  When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving. Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

In 2011, nearly 10,000 people were killed nationally in motor vehicle traffic crashes that involved at least one driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or higher. In California, this deadly crime led to 774 deaths because someone failed to designate a sober driver. 

“Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed 49 lives and resulted in 893 injury crashes harming 1,113 of our friends and neighbors,” said Sgt. Joseph Jakl of the Risk Management Bureau.

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.  

Based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests, DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence.  Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public. 

Funding for these operations is provided to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety http://www.ots.ca.gov/ through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration http://www.nhtsa.gov/, reminding everyone to continue to work together to bring an end to these tragedies. 


AS A DRIVER, PLAN AHEAD WITH THESE TIPS: 

  • Arrange rides home for your friends, family, co-workers and yourself before the drinking begins 
  • Identify and provide free non-alcoholic drinks or other promotional items to the Designated Driver 
  • Party hosts and servers must limit drinks to your guests or patrons. Don’t serve more than one or two over several hours
  • Cut back on the amount of drinks you plan to bring to the party – and provide plenty of food
Joseph Delano June 18, 2014 at 01:47 PM
I fail to see what is WRONG about busting ILLEGALS.
Mahalo June 18, 2014 at 02:27 PM
Bust 'em, all day everyday. Just don't inconvenience me in your hunt.
Joseph Delano June 18, 2014 at 02:48 PM
Fair enuf Mahalo.
M Stanley June 19, 2014 at 04:51 PM
Can we get a report of how many DUI arrests were made last Friday evening during the hours of the publicly reported checkpoint that did not materialize? It would be interesting to learn if the THREAT of a DUI checkpoint is as effective as the laborious, costly and controversial physical checkpoints. At this rate of repeated checkpoints, not only local restaurants will lose business but also the myriad of fundraisers that choose Malibu locations for a draw. Bait is what it is beginning to be lobbied in some circles, as if it's all a great big revenue plan for the City of Malibu. Sad reflection of good intentions overdone. If the only plan is checkpoint saturation and instilling fear of sheriff personnel, we need to readdress the entire situation and those that pushed to draw large sums of grant funding for a very small community. Anyone know if the grants are reviewed for realization of public benefits such as how much each DUI arrest costs in comparative communities where the checkpoints are done on specific dates (to allow for seasonality)?
Lorelei Shark June 19, 2014 at 07:32 PM
I listed DUI reports as reported on Patch. They were removed from this article. Last checkpoint, 2 weeks ago, netted one DUI.

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