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California Cops Exploit DUI Checkpoints to Rake in Cash

California police are turning DUI checkpoints into profitable operations that are far more likely to seize cars from unlicensed minority motorists than catch drunken drivers.

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Methodology: Reporter details how story came together

Map: Agencies impounding more cars from sober drivers at DUI checkpoints

Chart: UC Berkeley program administers checkpoint funds

Chart: Checkpoint grants help cover police overtime

Interactive: Cities with the highest impoundment rates

This story was edited by Mark Katches and Lowell Bergman. It was copy edited by William Cooley.

Ryan Gabrielson, the winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting, is a reporter and fellow at UC Berkeley’s Investigative Reporting Program directed by Lowell Bergman, one of the founders of the Center for Investigative Reporting.