Lynwood Press

Lynwood checkpoint results in 21 arrests

LYNWOOD — The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s traffic services detail conducted a DUI driver’s license checkpoint here Feb. 20, on Imperial Highway at Jackson Avenue between the hours of 6 p.m. and 2 a.m.

The checkpoint resulted in 21 arrests and 14 vehicles being impounded, according to figures provided by the Sheriff’s Department.

Nine of the arrests were for unlicensed drivers and three persons were arrested for driving on a suspended or revoked license.

Three others were arrested for knowingly allowing an unlicensed driver to drive. Two more were arrested for possessing illegal narcotics, two were arrested for driving under the influence of marijuana and alcohol, one person was arrested for marijuana and only one person was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.

All told, 2,437 vehicles passed through the checkpoint and 1,468 drivers were checked at the checkpoint.

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, a Sheriff’s Department spokesperson said.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, checkpoints provide the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent. Ninety percent of California drivers approve of checkpoints, the spokesperson said.