Bakersfield Police held DUI checkpoint for holiday partiers

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Bakersfield Police Department patrolled for impaired drivers with a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint Saturday night.

Police stopped 2,316 drivers between 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. on the 1900 block of 23rd Street.

There were six DUI arrests, three misdemeanor arrests, 42 drivers did not have valid drivers licenses and 21 drives had suspended licenses. Thirty-two vehicles were impounded.

Nationally in the five years from 2007 to 2011 there were 4,169 people killed during the month of December in crashes that involved drivers with Blood Alcohol Concentrations of .08% or higher.

In California during those same five Decembers, 505 were killed and thousands seriously injured.

Police stress it is never safe to drink and drive: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

Funding for the checkpoint was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Police and the NHTSA remind everyone: Report Drunk Drivers, call 9-1-1.

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