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Alhambra police to conduct DUI checkpoint near site of three-car crash

The Alhambra Police Department will conduct late Friday and early Saturday a DUI and driver’s license checkpoint at Fremont Avenue and Orange Street. Officers will be on the lookout for impaired drivers at the intersection from 7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

The checkpoint is half a mile from the site of a three-car crash that injured 15 people on Sunday. The driver, Ismael Soto, was allegedly driving under the influence when he crashed into two parked vans on Fremont near Poplar Avenue, sending one into a group of pedestrians looking at holiday lights.

Well publicized and routinely conducted DUI checkpoints can reduce the number of people injured or killed in alcohol- or drug-involved crashes by up to 20 percent, according to an Alhambra PD press release. There have been 44 DUI-related collisions in Alhambra in the past three years, resulting in one death and 56 injuries, said Lt. Jennifer Wiese of Alhambra PD. Statewide there were 802 DUI-related fatalities and nearly 24,000 serious injuries in 2013 alone, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety 2013 Annual Performance Report.

Drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs can expect jail time and expenses that can exceed $10,000, according to Alhambra PD.

Alhambra PD is conducting this checkpoint with help from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Los Angeles County Avoid the 100 DUI Taskforce, and a grant from the California Office of Traffic and Safety.

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