On Saturday, Sept. 10, the Hollister Police Department conducted a DUI/ Driver’s License Checkpoint that resulted in seven citations for driving without a license but led to no DUI arrests.
The checkpoint occurred in the 1700 block of Airline Highway. Northbound traffic was screened by officers for possible DUI drivers and drivers without licenses.
The operation started at approximately 7:15 p.m. and concluded around 11 p.m. During that time, officers screened more than 480 vehicles and conducted nine field sobriety tests on drivers suspected of driving while under the influence or who had been drinking. None of the drivers evaluated resulted in arrests for suspicion of driving while under the influence of alcohol.
Additionally, seven drivers were cited for driving without a license or driving with a suspended driver license. Everyone cited for driving without a license or driving with a suspended license was released at the checkpoint. Most of the vehicles were released to a licensed driver and not towed.
The Hollister Police Department, in a press release, said it "would like to remind everyone to not drink when you drive and remember to have a designated driver if you choose to drink."
Funding for this checkpoint is provided to Hollister Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1.