The holiday season - a time when drivers tend to toast their friends too vigorously - ended with only a few arrests for driving under the influence at recent DUI checkpoints, officials said.

Long Beach and Signal Hill police arrested a total of three drivers for allegedly being under the influence at checkpoints on Saturday and Dec. 22.

Long Beach police set up a checkpoint Saturday on Pacific Coast Highway south of Second Street, from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m., screening 1,096 vehicles.

Among those Long Beach cases, one person was arrested for driving under the influence. Three people were cited for driving with suspended licenses, and three vehicles were impounded.

Police screened 542 vehicles were for impairments, and one vehicle was towed.

Seven drivers were issued traffic citations.

A week earlier, on Dec. 22, the Signal Hill Police Department's traffic unit arrested two persons for allegedly driving while under the influence. The officers conducted a DUI/Driver's License checkpoint at Willow Street and Cerritos Avenue between 8 and 11:50 p.m.

Signal Hill police screened 296 vehicles, and nine drivers were cited and arrested for driving without a license or on suspended or revoked licenses.

Signal Hill police will be conducting another checkpoint on Feb. 5, and DUI saturation patrols on various days throughout the next three months.

The checkpoints were funded by grants from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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