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Beverly Hills Police St Patrick’s Day Checkpoint Nets Seven Arrests

By Brenton Garen, Beverly Hills Courier

A St. Patrick’s Day sobriety and driver’s license check point in Beverly Hills netted seven arrests on March 17.

Between the hours of 6 p.m. and about 9:30 p.m., 19 Beverly Hills police officers were assigned to the checkpoint located at La Cienega Blvd. and Gregory Way.

Officers screened 432 drivers traveling southbound on La Cienega.

A further 2400 vehicles passed the checkpoint during the operation.

BHPD Motor Sgt. Brad Cornelius said four drivers were arrested for being unlicensed and three were arrested for driving on a suspended license.

Cornelius said checkpoints were usually held on Friday or Saturday nights, but last Thursday’s checkpoint on St Patrick’s Day was held early in the evening since it was a celebratory holiday.

“We were able to show enforcement when commuters were on the street, especially during happy hour times and just after happy hour times so that they would know we are continuing DUI enforcement activities in this City,” Cornelius said.

Funding for this operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety administration.

Cornelius said the BHPD would focus on distracted driving enforcement operations during April.

Eight operations are planned to cite drivers using their cell phones without handsfree as well as drivers who text and email while driving.

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