The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department’s Traffic Services Detail arrested nine people in a screening of 1,055 vehicles on Friday in West Hollywood.
The driving under the influence / driver’s license checkpoint was conducted between 6 p.m. Friday and 2 a.m. Saturday on Fairfax Avenue, south of Santa Monica Boulevard. The arrests were as follows:
–One DUI-alcohol suspect arrested
–One DUI-drug impaired suspect arrested
–One Arrested on other criminal charges
–Six drivers cited or arrested for operating a vehicle unlicensed or while the license was suspended or revoked.
In an announcement of the arrests, the Sheriff’s Department said that “In recent years, California has seen a disturbing increase in drug-impaired driving crashes. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department supports the new effort from the Office of Traffic Safety that aims to educate all drivers that DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.’ If you take prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, you might be impaired enough to get a DUI. Marijuana can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs, and can result in a DUI.
“Studies of California drivers have shown that 30% of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems. A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14%) than did for alcohol (7.3%). Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4%, slightly more than alcohol.
:Drivers are encouraged to download the Designated Driver VIP, or “DDVIP,” free mobile app for Android or iPhone. The DDVIP app helps find nearby bars and restaurants that feature free incentives for the designated sober driver, from free non-alcoholic drinks to free appetizers and more. The app even has social media tie-ins and a tab for the non-DD to call Uber, Lyft or Curb.”