Release Date/Time: 5/27/2016 12:46 PM
Incident: Multijurisdictional DUI checkpoint
Report #: Several
Date: Friday, 5/27/2016
Time: 10:25 AM
Location: 260 East Laurel Drive, DMV
On May 26th, starting at about 6 pm, the AVOID the 20 coalition conducted a multijurisdictional DUI/Driver's License checkpoint at the DMV at 260 East Laurel Drive in Salinas. The checkpoint was led by Salinas PD along with officers from Marina PD and King City PD.
1,482 vehicles passed through the checkpoint and 915 drivers were contacted. No drivers were arrested for DUI. One driver was investigated for being under the influence but he passed field sobriety tests and was released. Eight drivers were cited for driving on a suspended license and 18 were cited for driving unlicensed. Motorcycle officers working the area of the checkpoint stopped 52 drivers and issued citations to 27. One driver was arrested for an outstanding warrant.
"Being that this is graduation night in Salinas along with Memorial Day Weekend, I fully expected to arrest multiple drivers for being under the influence," said Salinas PD Sergeant Gerry Ross. "I'm hopeful this is a sign that the message is getting out there and that people are taking it to heart."
The AVOID the 20 coalition is made up of the 20 law enforcement agencies in Monterey and San Benito Counties. Both counties will continue to have extra DUI patrols out for the remainder of the Memorial Day Weekend. The next checkpoint is expected to come during the Independence Day holiday.
The Avoid DUI Task Force holiday enforcement campaigns are funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross
Telephone: (831) 758-7250