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Officials crack down on DUIs

Posted: May 7, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: May 7, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Extra sheriff’s deputies across the county including those in the Santa Clarita Valley were deployed this weekend looking for drunken drivers.

The results of concerted county-wide efforts, including a breakdown of charges laid, are expected to be unveiled today.

Checkpoints are placed in locations with high opportunity to deter impaired driving while providing safety for the officers and the public, Sgt. Rich Cohen of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station said before the checkpoint was carried out.

Results of the weekend crackdown are expected today, he said Sunday.

Local efforts mirrored those carried out countywide to curb drinking and driving.

The law enforcement group called Avoid The 100 (law enforcement agencies) DUI Task Force, deployed special DUI “saturation patrols” throughout the county for the Cinco de Mayo weekend, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department announced in a media release issued Friday.

The CHP were expected, as part of the same coordinated effort, to deploy saturation patrols onto freeways and in unincorporated county areas to “stop, test and arrest impaired drivers who fail to use a designated driver,” according to the release.

The Avoid The 100 task force is funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety.


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