DUI Checkpoint

Release Date/Time: 7/4/2014 9:07 AM

Incident: DUI Checkpoint

Report #: 14-070166

Date: Friday, 7/4/2014

Time: 8:55 AM

Location: 300 Block Monterey Street

Last night a 5-hour DUI checkpoint was conducted on the 300 block of Monterey Street. 1,022 vehicles drove through the checkpoint and officers contacted 718 of those drivers. There were no DUI arrests. Nine drivers were cited for driving on a suspended license and 19 were cited for driving unlicensed. One driver was arrested on an outstanding misdemeanor warrant and 10 drivers received citations for other hazardous violations. One of the drivers cited for driving on a suspended license had 5 prior DUI convictions. Sergeant Gerry Ross said he believes the checkpoint was a big success in spite of the fact that no DUI drivers were arrested. "The reason we do checkpoints is to promote public safety, deter drunk drivers, and educate the public on the dangers of drunk driving. We accomplished those goals." Salinas PD will be conducting several DUI patrols throughout the weekend. Sergeant Ross said the emphasis for the patrols will be to arrest DUI drivers. The checkpoint and the DUI patrols are funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250