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DUI Checkpoint Set For Next Week in Malibu

Over the past three years, the sheriff's department has investigated two fatal and 22 injury related DUI crashes in Malibu.

The Lost Hills/Malibu Sheriff's Station will hold a drunken driving and drivers license checkpoint next week in Malibu.

The checkpoint will be held between 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14 to 3:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, according to sheriff's Det. Richard Curry. The location was not released in advance.

Deputies will be checking drivers at the checkpoint for signs of alcohol and drug impairment.

“Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed two lives and resulted in 22 injury crashes harming 28 of our friends and neighbors,” said Sgt. Philip Brooks.

Funding for this checkpoint is provided to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety to the city of Malibu, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Hans Laetz December 07, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Disagree. First, the night they ran the checkpoint at Webb Way the good citizens of Malibu bombarded City Hall with complaints, and the city asked the county not to do that anymore. Second, the checkpoint protocol includes having officers in the surrounding area looking for impaired drivers trying to evade the stop. I spent two hours observing the checkpoint at the invitation of Sgt. Brooks one night, and two of the six drunk arrests were caught by deputies "around the corner." For the safety of the surrounding community and of the deputies, these need to be set up at places where there are no driveways, where there is a sufficient sight line, and where there is a place for "all the people standing around" who actually have jobs to do, whioch includes waiting to process sobriety tests. "Take a lesson from San Onofre?" Yeah, that's a valid comparison to Malibu. The ratio of inspection officers to traffic at Malibu is nothing compared to San Onofre. And I've been stuck 45 minutes at the S.O. inspection, which by the way is virtually never used anymore. I fail to understand the propensity of Malibu residents to complain that they feel singled out ... I just don't get that. Why on earth would the LACSO want to avoid finding drunk college students? That just defies reason.
John Mazza December 07, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Hans, there are no driveways where they used to have the checkpoint between Cross Creek and Webb Way. There are no driveways down by the Pier. There are no driveways on Malibu Canyon just inland of Pepperdine. I think the population of drunks on the highway is much higher near the bars like the Malibu Inn and Moonshadows and most of the patrons are from south of Malibu Canyon. The thirty officers i saw were not in the neighborhood, they were standing around the check point like a Hawaiian road crew.
Hans Laetz December 07, 2012 at 08:46 PM
No driveways at Webb Way, but the city of Malibu complained about that location. No driveways at the pier? You sure about that? There's a left turn signal into Jack In The Box. Malibu Inn. Houses, small businesses, a hotel. All with driveways. A checkpoint on Malibu Canyon Road? That sounds real safe. A checkpoint east of Moonshadows? Not a bad idea, except it will back up traffic into residential areas along the highway. May I respectfully suggest that you get out of your car and maybe talk to the deputies? I did a ride-along at one. I learned that most of the "Hawaiian Road Crew" were reserve deputies, explorer scours or other volunteers. Plus, a minimum number of deputies is required for their own safety. Call Sgt. Brooks and ask him if he is wasting money. 310 456-6652.
Zuma Skipper December 08, 2012 at 01:04 AM
The DUI Checkpoint's planning, setup, operation and dismantling is run like a well oiled machine. I too have been at one of these and my hat's off to all involved. I only wish there was increased funding to have more of them. The logistics as to where to set them up is complicated as there is criteria as to ingress/egress of cars and careful monitoring of traffic flow. My hat goes off to all involved as it is tedious work and if they can get one drunk driver off the streets that could potentially kill someone then how can you put a price on that. These Deputies and Volunteers do a terrific job, lets appreciate them and thank them for what they do.
Raymond Hall December 08, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Look, we all want a safe PCH right? of course. We also ALL want our community to thrive and be a fantastic place to live. Right? The questions are about how we CHOOSE to create such an environment. Let's distill a few points: 1) Saving lives: How many deaths are caused on Fri nights from people returning home from work or a nice dinner with friends? (I'm guessing very few) How many deaths are from pedestrians crossing the street? (guessing about 5 per year) How many bicyclist are killed on PCH or surrounding cyn roads? (way too many). 2) Creating prosperity and community: Do frequent DUI ck pts that people are funneled thru reduce or increase stress for 99% of the residents? (increase, obviously) Do DUI ck pts increase business for Mlb restaurants (No-who wants to come to Mlb only to need to go through a ck pt after having a glass of wine at one of our fine restaurants. Sorry Savory-a little late in the game to ask this quest.). Do DUI ck pts increase the value of our property? (No, in fact it's probably something realtors never bring up). Here's a couple suggestions: First EVERYONE probably agrees that PCH (a HYW!) is NOT WIDE ENOUGH for cars and bikes to travel safely. 1) Soln: Allow bikes to have the entire rt hand lane on Sat and Sun mornings from 6AM to 9AM. Use cones- Creates safety AND sharing. LIMIT use to those times ONLY. 2) Limit DUI ck pt freq to 1-2X/yr. but increase patrol cars F and Sat nights from 8pm-2am. 3) restaurants:get cab vouchers for patrons in need

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