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Malibu Checkpoint Nets Five Arrests

A weekend checkpoint set up on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu ended Saturday, resulting in five arrests.

Five alleged drunken drivers were nabbed at a drunken drivers checkpoint on Pacific Coast Highway that ended today in Malibu.

Sheriff's deputies said they contacted 1,005 of the 1,174 vehicles that approached the roadblock, on PCH next to Pepperdine University. Eleven motorists were given field sobriety tests, resulting in the five arrests.

Another 14 drivers were cited for drivers license problems, and eight vehicles were impounded, said Sgt. Philip Brooks, the Malibu/Lost Hills traffic sergeant.

Timber August 13, 2012 at 01:57 AM
But in dissent: "For six years the Ingersoll guidelines, including advance publicity, have served the state well by minimizing the intrusiveness of one type of warrantless, suspicionless search. Today, however, the majority concludes that "the United States Supreme Court's analysis of the constitutionality of sobriety checkpoints in Michigan State Police Dept. v. Sitz (1990) 496 U.S. 444 ... establishes that advance publicity is not a constitutional prerequisite to the operation of such a checkpoint." (Maj. opn., ante, p. 931.) I am not entirely sure what this means. Perhaps the majority means to say only this: While the presence or absence of advance publicity is still relevant in assessing the intrusiveness, and thus the constitutionality, of sobriety checkpoints, an unpublicized checkpoint can still pass constitutional muster if it obtains a high score on the other seven Ingersoll factors." LE's and adherence is still uncertain when the court does or does not reaffirm their position. Clear as mud. I say.
Gerald Elekes August 13, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Muddy waters indeed. 10 states ruled DUI checkpoints violate their State Constitution. 2 states just don't do it. Apparently, intrusive and warrantless searches based upon minimal probable cause are a mitigating factor and a cause for concern. Although, I suppose checkpoints do make some impact on DUI's when done correctly. Wonder why they never put a DUI checkpoint outside a Cop Bar? Had they located one outside The Short Stop in Echo Park back in the 70's, 80's, and 90's, they could've snagged 'em all-- Coppers, prosecutors, public defenders, judges, clerks-- the whole enchilada. As "Zilla" points out, it's a money generator, but only punitive for certain groups. Something close to $1500 in fines/court fees-- assuming you don't want jail time or community service. $350 or so for an Alcohol Diversion program-- and the fee to sign up. A fee to reinstate the DL. A fee to retake the driver's test. An increase in auto insurance rates, plus the SR-22 filing fee. Not to mention the potential loss of employment if "driving/clean background" related. Then consider attorney's fees. It seems the negative impact economics would be deterrent enough for most reasonable people; so, most likely, only the temporarily stupid, complete idiots, and hard-core "alcoholics" are getting snagged at DUI checkpoints. Better, I suppose, than death or injury. They also keep LE and the justice system gainfully employed. However, some believe "saturation patrols" are more effective and less intrusive.
Nick Adams August 13, 2012 at 07:23 PM
They would have more than five arrests in under three minutes! (They could pick up some extra arrests on the hammered people walking on PCH!) Seriously though, it's very dangerous with the huge number of drunks taking the highway back out of Malibu at that time. You are right Sean.
R Y A N August 14, 2012 at 12:35 AM
In the 70's, the I believe the CHP conducted similar ambush-type Vehicle Inspection programs where they would check the operation of brake lights, look for bald tires, loose steering linkages, cracked windshields (and I think registration and driver's licensing). Today, they could also check for child seats when required, seat belt use, cell phone use, and insurance. Keeping vehicles in safe operation in these difficult times protects all on the road. Perhaps that would be the type of inspection program that the public would get behind. And someone who smells drunk and subsequently fails a field sobriety test could be hauled-off at the same time. After a vehicle "passed", an official sticker was placed in the corner of the windshield to preclude future inspections (delays) for the next year. Assuming that "fix it" tickets, DUI's and other fines would pay for the Inspection Program, I wonder why the CHP no longer conducts them.
Radioactivetom Allen August 18, 2012 at 03:07 AM
David Armstead, I observed the August 8th CDL/DUI Checkpoint for over 6 hours. I saw no "Cops" huddled around. I did see a number of Sheriff's Volunteers sitting and standing in groups while they tabulated the information on the checkpoint. These are local citizens donating their own time to assist the community in keeping the streets safe. The deputies working the checkpoint were either on the "line" or doing sobriety checks on drivers suspected of being inebriated. As for locals being cited at the checkpoint... I'm not sure, but If I'm not mistaken, there were no locals cited or arrested for DUI that night (during my 6+ hour time of observation).

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