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News, Malibu, Santa Monica, Police Department

19 Arrests Made At Malibu DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint

Posted Feb. 23, 2014, 8:54 am

Brenton Garen / Editor-in-Chief

A DUI/Driver’s License checkpoint held in Malibu on the Pacific Coast Highway on Friday night netted 19 arrested.

One person was arrested on suspected DUI, one person was arrested for illegal possession of narcotics, six people were arrested for having a suspended/revoked license, and 11 were arrested for being unlicensed.

Personnel from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department's Malibu/Lost Hills Station conducted the checkpoint between 7 pm and 3 am near Carbon Canyon Road.

The Sheriff’s Department reported that 1,667 vehicles passed through the checkpoint. Of that total, 1,644 drivers were stopped at the checkpoint.

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Feb. 23, 2014, 9:51:08 am

Craig said...

So in an eight hour period there was only one DUI arrest. One. Can someone please explain how this is a good use of public resources? And don't give me that crap that even if we get just one off the road it was worth it. Than they should have stayed 24 hours and would have netted three.

Feb. 23, 2014, 10:47:48 am

Hanna said...

Let's see…1,644 decided by 8 hours is 205.5 stopped vehicles.PER HOUR!! How is this possible? The time to find out is a driver is DUI, invalid license or revoked surely takes 15 minutes. How is this possible…the traffic must have been backed up North to Oxnard and Culver City south! I would like to know how they did this, and get their program in place at LAX security.

Feb. 23, 2014, 10:52:21 am

Bernard Wolfsdorf said...

This checkpoint is a cash cow for collecting revenue from undocumented workers, who have been unable to obtain driver's licenses. What a disgrace these people Sheriff Baca focuses massive police resources on the people who do all the hard work in our community and are subjected to this cruel treatment. The resources that go in "hunting down" undocumented workers under the pretense of "law

Feb. 23, 2014, 3:48:20 pm

Monica B said...

I'm really quite shocked by the comments to this article. Craig - You'd prefer no law enforcement, so unlicensed drivers and those who have revoked licenses are on the roads endangering safety? That's kind of a crazy position to take, dude! Have you seen how many hit & runs there have been in this area? Bet a few of those were illegal aliens, to Bernard's comments. And Bernard, further, you're misinformed. LA is Sanctuary City for illegal aliens. You pretty much get a pass on the roads if you're here illegally. Read up on Police Chief Beck's leniency on impounding vehicles of illegal aliens, thanks to the continuing lobbying by Open Borders folks to keep pushing on every single thing they can think of to get the whole camel in the tent. No one is "hunting down" illegal aliens; they're "hiding" in plain sight!

Feb. 23, 2014, 4:25:26 pm

Jason h said...

So 19 arrests and only one is DUI at a DUI checkpoint? That doesn't sound right. Shut these illegal checkpoints down.

Feb. 23, 2014, 7:45:30 pm

Craig said...

Monica B... you're shocked by these comments? How about the shocking fact that the Sheriff's department spent God knows how much money, personnel and tax dollars to sit on PCH for eight hours and arrest one, just one person for DUI? Where do you buy your medical weed? Please let me know because it must be the really good stuff.

Feb. 23, 2014, 7:53:30 pm

Michel L said...

So what if they only cought one. They did a good thing and arrested people driving without license. This means they did not have insurance. How would you feel if you get rearended and the driver has no insurance? I got in that situation, the driver took off and went back to Mexico....

Feb. 23, 2014, 10:04:39 pm

Tax money maker! said...

Check point Charlie. Der Geheime Staatspolizei needs your tax dollars. Please comply or we will put you in the concentration camp.

Feb. 23, 2014, 11:44:29 pm

martin marteen said...

I don't understand why people oppose upholding the law. Why not allow everyone to drive without a license, or drive drunk or drugged, and open the borders to all comers, including from Timbuktu. Be fair and change the law, so we can all enjoy the freedoms. or enter the country. Until then enforce the law or get rid of all police and save a lot of money.

Feb. 24, 2014, 8:46:27 am

Dave said...

I dive PCH everyday. I am glad to hear , but schocked to hear, than only 1 DUI arrest. On Friday Night? I have driven home on Thursday night and I have seen at least 2 or 3 people drivng like thery are impaired?? Keep up the checkpoints , they save lives...

Feb. 24, 2014, 9:34:25 am

Karma said...

I worry more about you douche bags in your European luxury cars driving too fast and tailgating everyone on the PCH.

Feb. 24, 2014, 10:18:19 am

Yule said...

Patrols are meant to catch active drunks, get them off the streets and prosecute them. Checkpoints are highly visible, highly publicized events meant to deter drinking and driving in the first place. Patrols have little deterrent value, but high enforcement value. Checkpoints have been shown to have the potential to lower DUI fatality rates by up to 20 percent by virtue of their deterrence. People go through them, drive past them, hear about them via multiple grapevines and get the ongoing impression that drunk driving is dangerous, socially unacceptable, and that law enforcement is actively looking for it. They are both good tactics and both should be in the arsenal of DUI combating tactics, along with others. In terms of catching drunks, nothing beats patrols. In terms of saving lives, nothing beats checkpoints.

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