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Agencies impounding more cars from sober drivers at DUI checkpoints (map)

Sobriety checkpoints are generating tens of millions of dollars in revenue for California law enforcement agencies, cities and counties. Police are far more likely to impound vehicles from unlicensed drivers than arrest a driver for a DUI. The Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley has been able to determine how often police officers are arresting people for a DUI and how often they are impounding cars.

In Montebello, for instance, officers have impounded 62 cars for every DUI arrest. In Fremont, the ratio is one impound for every DUI arrest. Click on each city to find the ratio of DUI arrests to cars impounded during fiscal year 2008-09.

The markers don't indicate where the actual checkpoints took place. Scroll to the bottom and click on "DUI checkpoints statewide," which will take you to a bigger map, as well as a list along the side of each community and the number of vehicles impounded per DUI arrest.


View DUI checkpoints statewide in a larger map

Produced by Ryan Gabrielson, Agustin Armendariz and Lisa Pickoff-White

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Filed under: Public Safety, Data Center, DUI Checkpoints

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This shows thier are more people driving around with out a license or insurance than anything else. In some states the people would be arrested and have to post bail. I think some people drive with out insurance all the time and never get any even after they keep loosing cars for this. They should make them pay bail also that should slow this down.
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I think this is a good idea. They are being checked and found not to be legal so impound the cars. Sooner or later they will either stop or finaly register car and insure them.
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It's ok to do such a thing to prevent car accidents from sober drivers, it may be risky but this is for the benefit of drivers and their cars to prevent wreckage (auto parts damage from wreckless car driving) and some serious accidents.
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Looks like LA and San Francisco are getting a large share of the impounding. Seems like the officers are a bit over zealous although they are doing their job.
MiketheStrike's picture
Looks to me like impounding cars is big business to the California Law Enforcement agency! - In London we have a similar scenario, just with a lot of over excited officers ready to write fines as if their lives depend on it! Same thing in London! - same thing in London
tim333's picture
I do not see anything wrong with that. Most check points also give tickets if they are doing something wrong or not wearing seat belts so it makes sense if they do not have insurance or registration they impound the cars.
Micheal73's picture
Checkpoints in California are increasingly turning into profitable operations for local police departments that are far more likely to seize cars from unlicensed motorists than catch drunken drivers. That can way police can stop unlicensed motorists & accident also.
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