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Santa Clarita Valley checkpoint nets three arrests

Posted: September 15, 2013 3:00 p.m.
Updated: September 15, 2013 3:00 p.m.

SANTA CLARITA - Deputies from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station made three arrests, two for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, during an eight-hour checkpoint Friday night through Saturday morning in Saugus.

Approximately 1,388 vehicles were screened during the checkpoint, which ran from 6 p.m. Friday to 2 a.m. Saturday and was held near the intersection of Railroad Avenue and Oak Ridge Drive, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Station.

Four drivers were given field sobriety tests and two were arrested for DUI, one for being under the influence of drugs, the other for being under the influence of alcohol, according to the Sheriff’s Station.

Another driver was arrested for drug possession.

A similar checkpoint in Valencia in August netted one DUI arrest and more than a dozen traffic citations.

The primary purpose of DUI checkpoints is to serve as a high-visibility deterrent to drunken driving, according to the Sheriff’s Station.

“Over the course of the past five years, DUI collisions have claimed 11 lives and resulted in 255 injury crashes harming 363 of our friends and neighbors,” said Sgt. Rich Cohen of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station. “If everyone planned ahead for a sober non-drinking designated driver, these numbers could be lowered to zero.”

Deputies also cited five drivers for various violations of the California Vehicle Code, and another seven were sent to court for being unlicensed or driving with a license that had been suspended or revoked.




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