Checkpoint nabs scofflaws, drug violations

LA MESA --The La Mesa Police Department conducted a DUI/Driver License checkpoint for six hours on  along the 7100 block of University Avenue.

• 896 vehicles traveled through the checkpoint.
• 30 drivers were taken into the secondary inspection area.
• 7 drivers were further evaluated for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
• 4 of those drivers were arrested for driving under the influence.
• 1 driver was arrested for felony possession of narcotics.
• 2 drivers were arrested for outstanding warrants.
• 25 citations were issued for vehicle code violations.
• 21 vehicles were impounded for driver license violations.

Police said the checkpoints are operated to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol involved crashes, DUI checkpoints are conducted to identify offenders and get them off the street, as well as educate the public on the dangers of impaired driving.
The national Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest. crackdown is led by NHTSA and combines high-visibility enforcement with heightened public awareness through advertising and publicity. Funding for this operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Tags: Crime, DUI, La, Mesa, checkpoints, marijuana

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