The Los Angeles Times reported that in 2012 the California Office of Traffic Safety granted the Burbank Police Department $31,500 to conduct DUI checkpoints through September of this year. That’s a lot of money, much of which comes from taxpayers. I’m sure that taxpayers wouldn’t mind paying if it means taking drunk drivers off the road. The Burbank Police Department used some of those funds to hold a DUI checkpoint on Saturday, June 1st. How many drunk drivers were taken off the road, you ask?
The checkpoint was set up on Glenoaks Boulevard just north of Alameda Avenue from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. In that time, a total of 1,021 drivers passed through the DUI checkpoint. Of the 1,021 drivers that were stopped, six were given field sobriety tests. None were arrested.
However, two citations were issued; one for a driving infraction and the other for driving without a license.
That’s a lot of money and resources used to nab just two drivers, neither of whom were driving drunk. I wonder how many officers were paid overtime for manning the checkpoint?