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4 arrested, 13 sent to court during second DUI checkpoint this month

Posted: June 22, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: June 22, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Four drivers were arrested and 13 were sent to court for driving without a current license during a Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station checkpoint Thursday night through Friday morning.

Some 1,388 vehicles were screened during the eight-hour traffic safety stop at Newhall Ranch Road and Grandview Drive in Valencia.

Two drivers were arrested for driving under the influence and two for driving with outstanding DUI warrants, sheriff’s officials said in a statement.

Thirteen were sent to court for driving unlicensed or with suspended or revoked licenses. Another 12 were cited and sent to court for vehicle code violations.

Five cars were towed, four with 30-day impound holds, the statement said.

The Sheriff’s Station receives grant money to conduct DUI checkpoints. Thursday night’s was the second this month.
Checkpoints have become more frequent of late because school is out, Sgt. Rich Cohen said. The department wants to ensure the safety of high school and college students who might be out drinking, Cohen said.

“Over the course of the past five years, DUI collisions have claimed 11 lives and resulted in 255 injury crashes harming 363 of our friends and neighbors,” he said in the statement. “If everyone planned ahead for a sober, non-drinking designated driver, these numbers could be lowered to zero.”

Checkpoints coupled with regular, high-visibility DUI enforcement are effective in deterring driving under the influence, sheriff’s officials say.




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