A total of 10 people were arrested at a recent DUI checkpoint held within the city of Palm Desert-- three of which were drivers suspected of driving under the influence.
The checkpoint was held from 9 p.m. Friday through 3 a.m. Saturday on Monterey Avenue, south of Country Club Drive, according to Sheriff's Sergeant Dave Adams.
"Along with law enforcement personnel and members from the Palm Desert Citizens on Patrol (C.O.P.), a representative from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) was present, handing out informational packets and speaking to drivers on the dangers of impaired driving," Adams said.
Adams reported that a total of 703 vehicles passed through the checkpoint-- 545 of which were screened.
Checkpoint personnel arrested three drivers for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to Adams. Another seven people were nabbed for driving while unlicensed or suspended, he added.
Adams said another DUI checkpoint is scheduled for March 1, "in our ongoing commitment to lowering deaths and injuries upon our streets and highways."
Funding for the operation was provided via federal and state grants.