BPD held another DUI checkpoint, looking for more than impaired drivers

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Officers were out in full force Friday night in an effort to reduce the number of DUI crashes. They held a DUI checkpoint between the hours of 6 p.m. and 2 a.m.

Officers told 23ABC they were looking for more than just impaired drivers. They were also looking for people that don't have proper licenses and insurance. 

Officers said during this DUI inspection, 867 vehicles were screened. There were three DUI suspects arrested, two for alcohol and one for drugs. 42 drivers were cited or arrested for operating a vehicle without a license or with a suspended or revoked license. A total of 23 vehicles were impounded.

BPD organizes several DUI checkpoints throughout the year, and it's an opportunity to give people who have had a little too much to drink a chance to make the right decisions.

"Across the United States, thousands of people are killed and injured every year from drunk driving and alcohol and drug related accidents, and it's really senseless," said Lt. Greg Terry from BPD.

Close to ten years ago, Michael Benge lost his wife to a drunk driver and shares his tragedy with the Mothers Against Drunk Drivers organization.

"What you do with this information and how you keep people from drinking and driving, at a party at your house, take the keys put it in a bowl, don't let anybody drive," said Benge.

According to police, drivers face misdemeanor charges if caught driving under the influence. If a person is injured, the impaired driver may face felony charges. If someone is killed they could face manslaughter and murder charges.

"The life that you save might be someone you love," said Benge.

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