7 Arrested at Vernon Checkpoint

December 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Some commuters traveling through Vernon last Friday found themselves in a mess of trouble, caught up in a Vernon Police Department checkpoint staged to get drunk, drugged and unlicensed drivers off the road.

With just days until Christmas and New Years celebrations are in full swing, the checkpoint Dec. 15 on Soto and 37th Street resulted in 7 arrests, Vernon police said in an emailed statement.

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,” police said.

The checkpoint was open from 6:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.

While DUI and Driver’s License checkpoints are routine in the city, they take on a new urgency with the recreational use of marijuana becoming legal on Jan. 1.

“If you take prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, you might be impaired enough to get a DUI,” police said. “Marijuana can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs, and can result in a DUI,” the department added in written statement.

According to police, studies of California drivers have shown that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems. A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent). Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol.

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspension and other expenses that can exceed $10,000 not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out.

Vernon police “will continue to enforce DUI related offenses in our ongoing commitment to lowering deaths and injuries upon our streets and highways,” the department said.


DUI/Driver License Checkpoints Coming to East L.A.

September 2, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The CHP will conduct a sobriety/driver license checkpoint in the unincorporated area of East Los Angeles Friday night.

The law enforcement agency cautioned motorists to “Designate before you Celebrate” over the three-day Labor Day weekend.

CHP officers trained to detect alcohol and/or impaired drivers will be equipped with state of the art, hand held breath testing devices, the agency said in a press release.

The hand held devices provide an accurate measure of blood alcohol concentrations of suspected impaired drivers, according to the CHP.

The agency did not reveal the checkpoint location, but noted that motorists in the area Friday night would see signs advising them a checkpoint is ahead. Drivers found to be under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs can expect to be arrested.

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