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DUI checkpoint planned tonight

Posted: August 12, 2011 2:10 p.m.
Updated: August 12, 2011 2:10 p.m.

Local sheriff's deputies are setting up a drunk-driving checkpoint tonight.

The checkpoint at an unrevealed location in the city of Santa Clarita is scheduled from 6 p.m. today till 2 a.m. Saturday, said Detective Daniel A. Dail of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

"By publicizing these enforcement and education efforts, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department believes motorists can be deterred from drinking and driving, which ultimately will save lives," Dail said in a formal announcement of the checkpoint.

Statewide, overall traffic deaths have declined 23 percent from 3,995 in 2007 to 3,081 in 2009, and total traffic fatalities are at their lowest level in six decades, Dail noted in his release.

Deaths linked to drunken driving have declined from 1,132 in 2007 to 950 in 2009, which is a decrease of more than 16 percent, he added.

"Traffic volume and weather permitting, all vehicles may be checked and drivers who are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs will be arrested," he said.

"Our objective is to send a clear message to those who are considering driving a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol and/or drugs."



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