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May 31, 2023

Police report one DUI, ‘quite a bit of citations’ at Cinco de Mayo checkpoint

Hollister police said there was a “good amount of activity” during the driving under the influence checkpoint set up in the city for Cinco de Mayo on Sunday.

The checkpoint was along San Juan Road at Felice Drive on the west side of Hollister, Sgt. Don Pershall told San Benito Live.

“There was a good amount of activity,” Pershall said. “I believe there was one DUI arrest and several driving on a suspended license (citations).”

Police on Thursday provided figures showing there were 25 citations issued during the checkpoint from 6-10 p.m., during which over 600 vehicles were screened.

Pershall said there will be several more DUI checkpoints throughout the year. They are largely funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

According to police:

DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests affording the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public.

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000 not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out.