Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Santa Clarita Station conducted a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on Friday, June 26, at Newhall Avenue and Carl Court between the hours of 6 p.m. and 2 a.m. Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public.
DUI/Driver’s License checkpoints have been shown to lower DUI deaths and injuries. A major component of these checkpoints are the deterrent effects it has on those who might drive drunk or drugged impaired, bringing about more awareness and encouraging everyone to use sober designated drivers.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent. Ninety Percent of California drivers approve of checkpoints.
3,179 Vehicles through the Checkpoint
2,203 Drivers Checked at the Checkpoint
1 DUI – Drug (Marijuana) Suspect Arrested
1 DUI – Drugs and Alcohol Suspect Arrested
1 DUI – Child Endangerment Suspect Arrested
1 Unlicensed Driver was Arrested and Sent to Court
1 Open Alcohol Container Suspect Cited and Sent to Court
3 Vehicles were Released per Checkpoint Release Procedures
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will be conducting additional DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoints and DUI Saturation Patrols throughout the upcoming year in our ongoing commitment to lowering deaths and injuries upon our streets and highways.
Funding for these operations is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety http://www.ots.ca.gov/ through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration http://www.nhtsa.gov.
AS A DRIVER, PLAN AHEAD WITH THESE TIPS:
Arrange rides home for your friends, family, co-workers and yourself before the drinking begins.
Identify and provide free non-alcoholic drinks or other promotional items to the Designated Driver.
Party hosts and servers must limit drinks to your guests or patrons. Don’t serve more than one or two over several hours.
Cut back on the amount of drinks you plan to bring to the party – and provide plenty of food.