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Newhall CHP to hold DUI checkpoint Friday

Posted: July 3, 2013 5:20 p.m.
Updated: July 3, 2013 5:20 p.m.

The California Highway Patrol’s Newhall office will stage a checkpoint Friday to watch for people who may be driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The checkpoint will be held from 6:30 p.m. Friday to 2:30 a.m. Saturday somewhere outside the Santa Clarita city limits, according to a CHP news release.

CHP officers plan to screen every vehicle that passes through the checkpoint unless traffic becomes too heavy.
If traffic does begin to back up, officers will screen vehicles on a pre-selected standard, such as every fifth or 10th vehicle, according to the news release.

The purpose of such checkpoints is to provide a visual deterrent to those who may be considering driving under the influence, according to the CHP.

“Even though arrest totals do not rise dramatically, the psychological influence a checkpoint has on the motoring public is invaluable,” the CHP news release reads.

The checkpoint comes on the heels of two crashes on the Highway 14 freeway that are thought to have been caused by people driving the wrong way on the road while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Canyon Country resident Rick Allen Walker, 54, was arrested in early June on suspicion of driving under the influence after allegedly causing a wrong-way crash that injured 13 people on the freeway near Escondido Canyon Road.

Burbank resident Bradford Pate, 38, was allegedly under the influence of alcohol when he became involved in a traffic collision while apparently traveling in the wrong direction on the freeway near Escondido Canyon Road.

Pate has since been charged with murder for his alleged role in the collision, which left two dead.




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