The Weho Times reports that 11 people were arrested during a DUI checkpoint conducted by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LACSD) on Friday, July 21.
According to a statement released by the LACSD, Sheriff’s deputies set up the DUI checkpoint from 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. on the west side of San Vicente Boulevard, east of Ashcroft Avenue and north of Beverly Boulevard in the Cedars Sinai parking lot.
Sergeant Matthew Davis with the LACSD West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station told the Weho Times that of the 1,350 vehicles that came through the checkpoint, 948 were screened for DUI.
“There were two adults arrested for being under the influence of alcohol,” Sergeant Davis said. “We also arrested, cited, and released nine adult drivers for various driving license violations, such as driving on a suspended license.”
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department reminds motorists that impairment behind the wheel isn’t only due to alcohol consumption. Some prescription medications and even over-the-counter drugs may interfere with driving. While medical and recreational marijuana is legal in California, driving while under its influence is against the law.
Even a first-time DUI charge can cost a driver $13,500 in fines and penalties if convicted. It can also result in a one-year suspension of their driver’s license.
Funding for the DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols is made possible by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).