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Saturday, Aug 04 2012 11:21 AM

Checkpoint nets 3 arrests, 13 citations

By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

The Bakersfield Police Department Traffic Enforcement Detail conducted a DUI-driver's license checkpoint from 7 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday on the 2300 block of White Lane.

A total of 1,312 vehicles passed through the checkpoint, and 1,138 of those vehicles were screened, with the following results:

* Two DUI arrests

* 13 citations issued

* One arrest on suspicion of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia possession

* 35 vehicles held temporarily, mostly for driver's license violations.

Of the 35 unlicensed drivers that officers contacted, 25 were investigated. Officers were able to contact the registered owners of 20 vehicles and subsequently released them to the registered owner or licensed driver before the conclusion of the checkpoint.

This DUI-driver's license checkpoint was part of a series of enforcement and education efforts conducted by BPD in an effort to reduce the number of people injured or killed each year in DUI-related crashes. A major component of this enforcement effort is to increase awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and to encourage sober, designated drivers.

Funding for the program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

-- Bakersfield Police Department

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