Two DUI checkpoints conducted by Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies on Friday resulted in 16 arrests, authorities said.
The checkpoints were located on northbound Railroad Avenue north of Oak Ridge Drive and eastbound Newhall Ranch Road east of Grandview Drive, and were conducted between the hours of 6 p.m. and 2 a.m.
A total of 13 unlicensed drivers were arrested and sent to court, two drivers with suspended or revoked licenses were arrested and sent to court and one suspect was arrested for driving a vehicle not equipped with an Ignition Interlock Device as required by law, according to a sheriff’s report.
Four vehicles were stored for one day, three vehicles were impounded for 30 days and eight vehicles were released per checkpoint release procedures.
Deputies checked 2,147 drivers at the checkpoints and 2,532 vehicles went through the checkpoints, according to the report.
The goal of DUI checkpoints is to deter drunk and drugged driving and raise awareness.
Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving deterrence while providing the greatest safety for officers and the public, LASD officials said.
Checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies while also yielding cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
– Melissa Lampert