A Southern California Dragnet


Sobriety check points are so common these days that we hardly take any notice of them, but the one that was set up on September 9, 1944, was big enough to rate an article and photo in the Los Angeles Times. It was billed as “the most extensive traffic check ever attempted in the United States.” More than six hundred officers including members of the California Highway Patrol, county sheriffs, Military Police and the Navy’s Shore Patrol inspected more than fifteen thousand vehicles in eleven counties over five hours.


Over forty-five hundred citations were issued for infractions that ranged from defective equipment to no license or registration. Surprisingly, they detained only twenty-five drunk drivers out of all that the cars that were stopped. Many service men were snared for not having proper passes or being absent without leave. Our second photo shows a similar operation from about four years earlier. You can see more police related posts on The Old Motor. Photos courtesy of the Los Angeles Times.

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2 Responses to A Southern California Dragnet

  1. Donald Ellis says:

    What, do you suppose, was the dollar amount of tribute exacted? I know whole towns which depend on this method of financing.

  2. I don’t see any reference to the dollar amount in our post or at the LA Times: http://framework.latimes.com/2013/11/08/1944-chp-vehicle-inspection-stop/

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