39 unlicensed drivers snagged at checkpoint

LYNWOOD - More than three dozen unlicensed drivers were arrested at a DUI and driver's license checkpoint in Lynwood last Friday night.Nearly 2,000 vehicles passed through the checkpoint, staged on Long Beach Boulevard and the 105 Freeway. Thirty-nine unlicensed drivers were arrested and sent to court, authorities said. Another four people were arrested for knowingly allowing an unlicensed person to drive. Two people were arrested for driving a vehicle not equipped with an ignition interlock device as required, and one person was taken into custody for an outstanding spousal battery warrant. Sheriff's deputies arrested four drivers allegedly high on marijuana while behind the wheel, and two people for illegal possession of narcotics. Eleven drivers with suspended or revoked licenses were arrested and sent to court. Authorities impounded 11 vehicles for 30 days and stored 25 vehicles for one day. "A DUI/DL checkpoint is an effective and proven method in lowering alcohol-related traffic deaths," authorities said in a statement. "DUI/DL checkpoints are an effort to reduce those tragedies, as well to ensure that drivers possess a valid driver's license."

********** Published: April 25, 2013 - Volume 12 - Issue 02