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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.

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49 Comments

  1. kitti st john says:

    My Irish grandma was killed by a drunk driver..in new york..a finer catholic never existed…while I really regret getting g stuck in one of your dragnets…many of our journeys are time sensitive and most of us do well to be fashionably late..I also realize someone’s life was saved…maybe there’s some way to speed up the process..while you separate the wheat from the chaffe…!

  2. Shane Weeks Shane Weeks says:

    What bothers me is they did a saturation style patrol a little while back and didn’t they apprehend over 10 drunk drivers? Is that a more effective way to get drunk drivers off the streets?

    • Hey, that means that there are less drunks on the road that night! Isn’t that great? They do both, but looks what that cost and then crime goes up.

    • No there weren’t less drunks… You said this on my comment too… People just avoided the checkpoint. You don’t think people notify others..? It gets blasted on fb, friends txt friends… people go other ways and AVOID the checkpoint.

      I agree Shane..

    • So wouldn’t it be more dangerous? The drunk drivers are all driving around,taking the different way thru the city, avoiding that area.

  3. What happened in the child endangerment case?

  4. Ron Estes Ron Estes says:

    What’s happening to our town? Our town doesn’t have alcohol. We used to never have alcohol related incidents. 4 people!! The humanity of it all!!! [sarc]

  5. Jason Allen Jason Allen says:

    The same that’s always happened. It’s just things get out now since the phone/camera/internet.

  6. Off topic. But anyone else notice SCVTV had nothing to say about the recent SCOTUS decision on Marriage Equality? Doesn’t surprise me though with how bigoted the writers are in most of their articles.

  7. Shane Weeks, saturation patrol is usually when they have multiple agencies doing it together and therefore get more DUI’s. This looks like it was just the SD department. Besides, they really are a hit and miss. We’ve done DUI checkpoints at the same location on different dates and they all yield varying results. Just a little insight.

  8. Bob Hydar Bob Hydar says:

    I think saturation of sheriffs around town yield more DUI suspects then checkpoints… The CHP did a saturation of officers a month or two ago and cited many more drug/alcohol impaired drivers than the sheriffs have in the last 4-5 DUI checkpoints combined… They have so many people working the checkpoints that I think we would be better served to stick them in their cars and send them Santa Clarita wide…

    • One drunk caught, someone’s friend or family member may be alive because that drunk was taken off the road. Can you put a price on that life. What if it was your wife or child!

    • Bob Hydar Bob Hydar says:

      I totally understand that Shirley… trust me I do… I ride my bicycle on the streets of Newhall/Valencia at least 4-5 nights a week… I’ve had my share of near misses and seen my share of drunk dangerous drivers. In the picture that I’m looking at while I’m writing this there are 5 deputies standing there… plus how many are in the next lane over? and how many are on the sidewalk standing? and how many are waiting at the holding station? if i remember what the article said, the night netted 3 DUI suspects out of nearly 4000 cars… imagine if all this deputies had split up and saturated the city instead of concentrating on one spot… how many more intoxicated people would be caught? Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites give people the opportunity to warn their friends leaving bars and parties of the area to avoid…

    • Finally some reason and statistics. Agree 110%

    • This is what I’m saying in the comment above yours and ppl aren’t getting it…I feel the same way…

  9. More than 3000 cars drive thru and they arrest 4?.. waste.

    • It’s not a waste, if only one life was saved. Don’t you think it’s great that there weren’t 100 caught. That means it’s working. Next time you drink and drive, you’ll worry.lol

    • Bob Hydar Bob Hydar says:

      I think it would be great if 100 people were caught in a night… that’s 100 less people who have a license… that’s 100 more people that will think twice before the drive under the influence…

    • I don’t drink for one… And the ppl who were out driving w no license or drunk most likely avoided the checkpoint. It’s more effective if they’re patrolling, not a checkpoint. More lives would be saved that way.

    • So it’s probably not working as you think it is

    • Kristina Joy Kristina Joy says:

      Obviously it’s working! Lmfao get a grip! People were arrested right?? It would actually be a tragedy if there were 100 drunk people going down that road that night. How stupid can you be?

    • I don’t think 4 outta 3000 is “working”. And that 100 drunk/no license people were going down other roads that night because they were probably aware of the checkpoint (people are always posting where the checkpoints are, telling friends, turn around when they approach the site…)… That’s why there were ONLY 4 arrested… 4 outta 3000. And 2 were for drugs/alcohol… So…. And why are you calling names…not very mature and very rude. How am I “stupid”, because I think patrolling is more effective than checkpoints??

    • Trever Klein Trever Klein says:

      4 out of 3000 sounds like a good thing to me. Shows that people are not breaking the law as much as one would assume.

      It’s like you’re encouraging people to break the law just so the checkpoint arrest percentage is higher.

    • I’ve said it twice now… I think patrolling is more effective.. how is that encouraging someone to Break the law…. What is happening here lol

    • I’ve said it twice now… I think patrolling is more effective.. how is that encouraging someone to Break the law…. What is happening here lol

    • I’ve said it twice now… I think patrolling is more effective.. how is that encouraging someone to Break the law…. What is happening here lol

    • It’s wasting money when I think patrolling is more effective (forth time now)

  10. Great. No problem, no trouble. We’re all safer because of check points.

  11. Need to get the murderers first

  12. If you think this city is getting safer you’re living under a rock. #keepbuildingscv

  13. These checkpoints are illegal and a way for the city to generate cash flow.

  14. Mary Andres Mary Andres says:

    You can get a taxi or use Uber in SCV for under 40 anywhere! A Dui can cost you a min. of 10,00.00 dollars. Don’t Drink and Drive!

  15. Neo Sou Lady Neo Sou Lady says:

    Lawyer’s signs raise questions about DUI checkpoints
    The lawyer said the signs were created to help drivers stay silent at checkpoints.

    http://news10.com/2015/02/11/lawyers-signs-raise-questions-about-dui-checkpoints/

  16. Kurt Buck Kurt Buck says:

    Shirley is a fine example of a statist. Papers, please.

  17. Kurt Buck Kurt Buck says:

    I am curious about the child endangerment. It didn’t mention if it was tied to a DUI.

  18. I didn’t understand why that checkpoint was there if they started it at 6pm and I drove thru it at 8pm and they weren’t stopping any of the cars going thru it and the traffic of everyone merging lanes.

  19. Dena Bogrow Dena Bogrow says:

    I think its awesome.. Those 4 people could have killed others on thw road or themselves. Its sooooo worth it..

  20. Dave Adams Dave Adams says:

    So, over 3100 people were inconvenienced just so they could nab 5? No wonder California is broke. They’re spending YOUR tax dollars foolishly…

  21. Dave says:

    DUI Checkpoints vs. DUI Patrols – two different tactics with two different expected outcomes.

    Patrols are meant to catch active drunks, get them off the streets and prosecute them. Checkpoints are highly visible, highly publicized events meant to deter drinking and driving in the first place.

    Patrols have little deterrent value, but high enforcement value. Checkpoints have been shown to have the potential to lower DUI fatality rates by up to 20 percent by virtue of their deterrence. People go through them, drive past them, hear about them via multiple grapevines and get the ongoing impression that drunk driving is dangerous, socially unacceptable, and that law enforcement is actively looking for it.

    They are both good tactics and both should be in the arsenal of DUI combating tactics, along with others. In terms of catching drunks, nothing beats patrols. In terms of saving lives, nothing beats checkpoints.

  22. Dave says:

    Think about it. If it was to generate revenue, why would they publicize it? Keep it quiet so you can rake in more bucks, right? And as it being a revenue generator, the police normally get little and often nothing from the tickets they write. The CHP gets none at all. Cities get a little, counties get some, the courts get a pretty good share for building, operating and security, emergency medical services get some for cleaning up after crashes, the State gets some, there is some for getting DNA samples from those in jail, and the list goes on.

    If you really want to protest the cost of a ticket, there is a foolproof way to do it, to thwart their evil, money grubbing intentions. Just don’t break the laws! No violation, no ticket, no revenue generated to the government! What could be simpler? Done deal. Starve them with compliance.

  23. How much you want to bet none of the arrests were for a DUI. Probably suspended licenses, etc. Lame.

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