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DUI Checkpoint Scheduled for Friday

A driver's license and DUI checkpoint will be set up within Redondo Beach city limits from 7 p.m. Friday until 2 a.m. Sunday.

The will set up a DUI and driver's license checkpoint somewhere within city limits between 7 p.m. Friday at 2 a.m. Saturday, according to a news release from the department.

At the checkpoint, officers will check drivers for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment, as well as proper licensing, police said.

Motorists caught driving under the influence face jail, license suspencion, insurance increases, fines, fees, DUI classes and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

According to traffic Investigator Jeff Mendence, 78 people driving under the influence have injured 117 people in Redondo Beach over the past three years.

Motorists can avoid being arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence by following a few tips from the Automobile Club of Southern California:

  • Pick a designated (non-drinking) driver at social events who will make sure everyone gets home safely.
  • Call a friend or a family member for a ride home if you've been drinking.
  • Keep the telephone number of a local taxi service saved in your phone or wallet in case you need to call for a ride home.

Additionally, party hosts should offer a variety of nonalcoholic drinks available, as well as provide gifts for designated drivers, and people should confiscate car keys from friends and relatives who may have had too much to drink, according to the Auto Club.

Wolfman June 29, 2012 at 03:06 PM
DUI Checkpoints are not only for DUIs anymore remember Germany once had Checkpoints
Lemonjello Robinson June 29, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Wow, a comparison between DUI checkpoints and Nazi Germany? That's a stretch. Having read some of your other posts, you seem to be one of those "I just like to complain" type of guys. I certainly hope neither you nor any of your friends or family are ever impacted by the actions of a DUI driver. Otherwise, given your track record, you'll be the first to whine and complain that the authorities are not doing enough to get drunks off the roads! Have a solution? A better idea of how to enforce this problem? Or is complaining without participating in a meaningful way just your hobby?
RedondoGuy June 30, 2012 at 06:19 AM
Sorry, I gotta agree with Wolfman. Shouldn't the cops be out stopping rapes, murders, and robberies? I see these Roided Up cops chowing down on donuts and Red Bull at the checkpoints looking to bust a guy who had a glass of wine with his wife and kids over a family dinner. Less checkpoints and more police civil service against real crime, please.
Melissa Sutton June 30, 2012 at 05:54 PM
DUI checkpoints are good because the deter people from drinking and driving and they help prevent fatal accidents. As someone who knows someone who was killed bc of a drunk driver I like them. Really how hard is it to walk home or call a taxi when you are drunk?

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