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DUI crackdown planned through weekend

Posted: September 1, 2011 5:13 p.m.
Updated: September 1, 2011 5:13 p.m.

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station officials announced today the station will join nearly 10,000 other law enforcement agencies nationwide in support of an intensive crackdown on impaired driving known as "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over."

A DUI/driver's license checkpoint is scheduled for tonight at an undisclosed location within the city beginning at 7 p.m.

The nationwide law-enforcement crackdown on drunken driving runs through Monday.

In 2009 alone, 10,839 people died in crashes in which a driver or motorcycle rider was at or above the legal limit, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The age group with the highest percentage of alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities in motor-vehicle traffic crashes was the 21-to-24 age group.

"All too often, innocent, law-abiding people suffer tragic consequences and the loss of loved ones due to this careless disregard for human life," Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Capt. Paul Becker said.

"Because we're committed to ending the carnage, we're intensifying enforcement during the crackdown. Since twice as many alcohol-impaired accidents occur over the weekend and four times as many occur at night, we will be especially vigilant during these high-risk times when impaired drivers are most likely to be on our roads."

Los Angeles County's Avoid the 100 Task Force will also deploy DUI driver's license checkpoints, multiagency DUI task force operations and local roving DUI patrols during the 18-day summer through Labor Day campaign.

The national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over crackdown is led by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration with the California Avoid DUI Task Force Campaign combining high-visibility enforcement and heightened public awareness.

For more information, visit the High-Visibility Enforcement Campaign Headquarters at



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