Huntington Beach

DUI checkpoint nets three arrests

A DUI CHECKPOINT Friday night and Saturday morning in Huntington Beach netted three arrests.

Three persons were arrested by police Friday night and early Saturday morning in the DUI/Drivers’ License Checkpoint at Huntington Street and Pacific Coast Highway.

According to the HBPD, there were two DUI-alcohol arrests made and a third suspect arrested on other criminal charges. Five drivers were cited or arrested for operating a vehicle without a valid driver’s license. Twelve other citations were issued.

A total of 2027 vehicles passed through the checkpoint between the hours of 7 p.m. and 3 a.m. Nine hundred vehicles were screened by police.

The term DUI – Driving Under the Influence – don’t apply only to liquor. There’s been a big increase in crashes related to impairment through the use of drugs. Police emphasize that studies have shown that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their system. A study of active drivers showed that more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than they did for alcohol (7.3 percent). Of the drugs, marijuana (7.4) was more common than alcohol.

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