The Glendora Police Department came armed with Uber gift cards at their DUI/driver license checkpoint Friday night.
The cards, which were donated, were given out to passengers of those arrested as a way to get them home safely. Friday night only saw three gift cards given out to passengers.
The Uber gift cards have been used by GPD in the past in an effort to educate drivers on the ease of using ride services as a way to designate a sober driver. Earlier in the year, officers handed out over 20 cards during a ‘Know Your Limit’ campaign which was aimed at giving out voluntary breathalyzer tests to patrons in local bars and restaurants. These tests were used to show patrons how deceiving their blood alcohol levels can be.
A one way trip using Uber from Glendora to a nearby city averages around $8, roughly the price of one cocktail at a restaurant.
Police arrested 11 drivers during the checkpoint, with only one DUI-related arrest. Eight drivers were arrested on suspicion of being unlicensed or driving with a suspended license and two other drivers were arrested on outstanding warrants, police said in a written statement.
Police also issued 36 citations and towed 22 vehicles for various violations, police said.
The checkpoint, which was set up 7 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday, was located at Grand Avenue near Mauna Loa Avenue. This checkpoint was one of many in a series of DUI saturation patrols and checkpoints being conducted this year as part of the Los Angeles County Avoid DUI Task Force.
The checkpoint was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, according to an email from GPD.