At first glance it appeared that authorities had set up a DUI checkpoint next to Echo Park Lake this morning to catch some early-bird Saint Patrick’s Day drinkers. But it turnouts the Glendale Boulevard checkpoint – staffed by a CHP officer and employees for the California Bureau of Automotive Repair – was set up as part of the state’s ongoing Roadside Emission Survey. Passing drivers who agreed to take the voluntary inspection pulled over and their vehicles were then subjected to what amounted to a 10-minute smog test, with the results used to evaluate the state’s air pollution control programs.
“I think it’s cool,” said Vilma, said an Echo Park woman who allowed her KIA minivan to be tested while she waited under a canopy. “I’m in no rush.”
Drivers are not cited or reported based on the condition of their vehicles or their emission results. In fact, according to a handout being passed out at the checkpoint, workers would point out any mechanical problems they might notice during the test. Unfortunately, however, motorists who agree to the inspection can’t avoid taking or paying for their next smog test.