Five drivers suspected to be under the influence of alcohol were arrested at a license and sobriety checkpoint on Yosemite Avenue near Fig Street. Officers stopped and briefly spoke with motorists about the importance of sober driving.
The Saturday night checkpoint was funded by a grant from The National Transportation and Safety Board, and was a combined effort held with The California Highway Patrol, The Madera Police Department and the Madera County Department of Corrections.
The checkpoint screen-ed between 250 and 300 cars, and also resulted in many citations being issued for driving without drivers licenses, unrestrained children not in car seats, and other miscellaneous violations, according to officers. Two vehicles were impounded.