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From the Archives: Holiday vehicle safety checks

From the Archives: Holiday vehicle safety checks
Dec. 20, 1957: California Highway Patrol officers halt cars on Whittier Boulevard during a holiday campaign to keep drunk drivers and defective automobiles off the roads. (John Malmin / Los Angeles Times Archive/UCLA)

Police traffic stops are year-round, but the roadblocks used to be an annual Los Angeles Times story during the holidays. For example, the above image accompanied a Page 1 story in the Dec. 21, 1957, Los Angeles Times:

Eleven drunk drivers were arrested and 336 traffic citations were issued yesterday as the California Highway Patrol began its county-wide traffic safety campaign for the holidays.

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In the city, police made 27 drunk-driving arrests, including one involving a felony, in a holiday traffic safety campaign of their own yesterday.

As of midnight yesterday, the CHP said 7208 cars had been inspected at 12 traffic check points. Citations were issued for 280 hazardous violations, 52 routine violations and to four motorists driving with with expired or suspended licenses.

The first check point was at a roadblock on Whittier Blvd. and Saybrook Ave. in East Los Angeles shorty after the morning rush hour. …

Here are several images of holiday traffic stops from the Los Angeles Times archives. Check out the old vehicles!

Dec. 1, 1940: Hundreds are stopped in Seal Beach during an early morning traffic stop looking for intoxicated drivers. This photo appeared in the Dec. 2, 1940, Los Angeles Times.
Dec. 1, 1940: Hundreds are stopped in Seal Beach during an early morning traffic stop looking for intoxicated drivers. This photo appeared in the Dec. 2, 1940, Los Angeles Times. (Los Angeles Times Archive/UCLA)
Dec. 23, 1958: C.A. Smith and other California Highway Patrol officers question motorists in East Los Angeles at a holiday traffic stop.
Dec. 23, 1958: C.A. Smith and other California Highway Patrol officers question motorists in East Los Angeles at a holiday traffic stop. (Bruce H. Cox / Los Angeles Times Archive/UCLA)
Dec. 21, 1961: California Highway Patrol officers conduct a traffic check on westbound Sunset Boulevard at Sunset Plaza Drive.
Dec. 21, 1961: California Highway Patrol officers conduct a traffic check on westbound Sunset Boulevard at Sunset Plaza Drive. (Dick Oliver / Los Angeles Times)
Dec. 22, 1966: California Highway Patrol Officer Edward Patterson writes a citation during a holiday traffic check on Sunset Boulevard.
Dec. 22, 1966: California Highway Patrol Officer Edward Patterson writes a citation during a holiday traffic check on Sunset Boulevard. (Bruce H. Cox / Los Angeles Times)
Dec. 22, 1967: California Highway Patrol Officer Wayne Waddell stops cars for inspection on Sunset Boulevard and Sunset Plaza Drive.
Dec. 22, 1967: California Highway Patrol Officer Wayne Waddell stops cars for inspection on Sunset Boulevard and Sunset Plaza Drive. (Don Cormier / Los Angeles Times Archive/UCLA)
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