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South Bay checkpoint proves successful

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IMPERIAL BEACH (CNS) - South Bay police officers and sheriff's deputies conducted a multi-agency saturation patrol overnight aimed at decreasing the number of drunken drivers, police announced Saturday.

During the operation, 1,254 cars passed though a checkpoint at the intersection of Palm Avenue and 9th Street, in Imperial Beach, according to the Chula Vista Police Department.

Three people were arrested for suspected drunken driving, one of whom was a repeat offender, police said. Sixteen drivers had their vehicles impounded and were cited for driving without a valid license.

This was considered a successful operation, police said, both in the number of drunken drivers removed from the street, and in the amount of public awareness it generated.

A similar operation conducted overnight in Chula Vista netted three arrests for suspected drunken driving also, according to Chula Vista police Lt. Scott Arsenault.

Police stopped 78 vehicles, and issued 40 citations to drivers. Four drivers were cited for driving without a valid license, and one was cited for driving with a suspended license.

One person was arrested and released for possessing marijuana and another was cited for having an open alcohol container, Arsenault said.

The checkpoints were funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Safety Administration.

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