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Thursday to bring third DUI checkpoint within 4 weeks

Posted: June 18, 2013 8:26 p.m.
Updated: June 18, 2013 8:26 p.m.

For the third time within four weeks, the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station will hold a drivers’ checkpoint within the city limits to catch drivers who may be unlicensed or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The checkpoint will be held from 6 p.m. Thursday to 2 a.m. Friday and be placed in a location that has the “greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public,” according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Station.

Locations of the checkpoints are not released ahead of time.

The Sheriff’s Station held similar checkpoints on May 30 in Saugus and June 7 in Valencia. Deputies arrested four people at the two checkpoints combined, three on suspicion of DUI and one for outstanding warrants.

Such checkpoints serve as a “proven deterrent” to DUI offenses, according to the news release, and help to educate people on the dangers of intoxicated driving.

In addition to apprehended drunken drivers, the checkpoints help deputies get people off the road who are driving with suspended or expired licenses.

Funding for the checkpoint comes from a California Office of Traffic Safety Grant through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.



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