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DUI checkpoint scheduled for SCV Friday

Posted: July 23, 2014 1:33 p.m.
Updated: July 23, 2014 1:33 p.m.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will hold a checkpoint Friday night to screen for drivers who may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol or operating their vehicles without a license.

The checkpoint will be held somewhere within Santa Clarita’s city limits from 6 p.m.Friday to 2 a.m. Saturday.

Locations of checkpoints are not released ahead of time but “are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public,” according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Department announcing the checkpoint.

“The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol- or drug-involved crashes,” the news release reads.

“Research shows that crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough.”

Deputies will examine drivers for signs of alcohol or drug impairment as they pass through the checkpoint. Deputies will also make sure drivers are properly licensed and “will strive to delay motorists only momentarily,” according to the news release.

Funding for such checkpoints comes from a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The most recent Sheriff’s Department DUI checkpoint within the Santa Valley was held in June. It was actually a pair of checkpoints — one held on westbound Newhall Avenue at Carl Court and the other on eastbound Magic Mountain Parkway at Avignon Drive. They resulted in 12 arrests.

One suspect was arrested and sent to court for a $5,000 traffic warrant and two were arrested and sent to court for driving with licenses that had been revoked or suspended, according to information from the Sheriff’s Department.
Additionally, nine unlicensed drivers were arrested and sent to court.
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