Newport Beach police officers arrested six drivers on suspicion of driving-under-the-influence on January 16, at a sobriety and driver's license checkpoint.
The checkpoint was held on northbound Newport Boulevard at Finley Street from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. Authorities chose this particular location based of its proximity to bars and restaurants and because of its visibility to drivers, according to The Newport Beach Police Department.
The Newport Beach Police Department believes the real value of a sobriety checkpoint is the educational and deterrent influence on the motoring public, rather than the low number of arrests that checkpoints typically bring in. In addition to the six drivers arrested for DUI, one person was arrested for an outstanding warrant and another for public drunkenness. There were also 20 traffic citations issued to motorists for various traffic violations.
KPCC reports that all drivers that passed through the checkpoint also were given a brochure about drunk driving, which further reinforced the intended education aspect of the DUI checkpoint. Those who have been arrested for DUI at a sobriety checkpoint should be aware of the legal rights that they're entitled to. Contact a DUI lawyer in Los Angeles or Orange County for any questions about legal rights or representation.