BRAWLEY, Calif. -
A Brawley resident was arrested on Saturday night for driving under the influence. California Highway Patrol officials said he’s one of hundreds arrested statewide for Driving Under the Influence during special traffic operations.
CHP Officer Javier Lorenzo Amezcua said, “Sobriety checkpoints have three main purposes, the first is deterrence; the second is to remove impaired drivers off the roadway.” He explained that the third purpose is to educate the public on the dangers of drinking and driving.
The checkpoint on Highway 86 near the Brawley Walmart was in operation from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. the following day. It was a busy night.
“There was one DUI arrest made during the checkpoint. This was out of almost 600 vehicles that were stopped, and nine drivers of those vehicles that were taken out for evaluation,” Amezcua said.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that 28 people die every day nationwide in car crashes where DUI was involved.
“There have been quite a few accidents that DUI has been attributed to the cause of those collisions. Drinking and driving do not mix, obviously. If you do see an impaired person on the roadway or someone you believe might be impaired, please dial 9-1-1 and report the information,” Amezcua said.
Amezcua recommends people should have a plan for the holidays.
“During this holiday time, if you are going out to enjoy libations with the family or friends, please make a plan ahead of time, call for a taxi or have a designated driver,” Amezcua said.