DUI checkpoint nets arrest

A DUI-Driver’s License Checkpoint, operated by the Ridgecrest Police Department Traffic Unit from 7 p.m. to 3 p.m. June 6, yielded one arrest, according to RPD officials.

“Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public,” said Sgt. Mike Myers.

Of the 593 drivers screened, officers conducted two field sobriety tests and arrested one driver for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

“Checkpoints have been shown to lower DUI deaths and injuries,” said Myers. “Major components of these checkpoints are the deterrent effects they have on those who might drive drunk or drug-impaired.” He added that the checkpoints lead to “more awareness and encouraging everyone to use sober designated drivers.”

He said that according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, checkpoints have the most effective documented results of any DUI-prevention strategies and yield a cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent.

Another checkpoint is scheduled for June 14, although the exact time and location have not yet been announced.

Story First Published: 2014-06-11