Release Date/Time: 12/19/2014 12:04 AM
Incident: DUI / Driver's License Checkpoint
Report #: N/A
Date: Thursday, 12/18/2014
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: North Main Street / Harden Parkway
Fifteen officers conducted a DUI / Driver's License checkpoint for about 5 hours at the above location. 1267 cars passed through the checkpoint and officers contacted 670 drivers. Officers conducted field sobriety tests on 5 drivers and arrested one driver for driving under the influence of drugs. There was one other arrest and two drivers were arrested for outstanding warrants. Twenty four drivers were cited for driving unlicensed and two others were cited for driving on a suspended license. Officers around the checkpoint made 34 traffic stops and cited 11 drivers for hazardous violations.
Sergeant Gerry Ross said that the checkpoint is aimed at deterring drunk drivers and educating the public to the dangers of drunk and drugged driving. "The checkpoint was seen not only by the 1267 cars that went through the checkpoint but thousands of other drivers and passengers that passed by," said Sergeant Gerry Ross. "Hopefully these people will remember the checkpoint next time they drink and consider getting behind the wheel."
Funding for this checkpoint is provided to The Salinas Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to ‘Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1'.
Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross
Telephone: (831) 758-7250