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Sunday, May 26 2013 05:35 PM

Seven arrested at DUI checkpoint; enforcement at maximum this weekend

By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

Seven motorists were arrested for drunken driving at a DUI/driver's license checkpoint held Saturday night in northwest Bakersfield.

The Bakersfield Police Department and its partners in the Kern County AVOID coalition set up a checkpoint in the 8600 block of Hageman Road between the hours of 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 a.m. Sunday, the BPD said in a news release.

Of 597 vehicles screened by officers, seven drivers were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, including two who had prior DUI arrests, authorities said in the release.

Fourteen drivers were found not have a valid driver license, including six driving with a suspended license, police said. Twelve vehicles were impounded.

The checkpoints are intended to increase awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and to encourage sober, designated drivers, police said.

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

According to police, officers will be active through the holiday weekend at checkpoints and DUI saturation patrols countywide.

The California Highway Patrol is deploying all available officers Memorial Day weekend onto freeways and county roads as part of their maximum enforcement period.

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