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The California Highway Patrol’s Newhall station screened 375 vehicles in a DUI checkpoint in Stevenson Ranch Friday night but made no arrests.

CHP officers set up the checkpoint near the intersection of Constitution Avenue and The Old Road.

“Per the rules of the checkpoint, of those 375 vehicles that went through the checkpoint, CHP made contact with 226 of them,” said Josh Greengard, public information officer for the California Highway Patrol-Newhall.

“A couple of people were pulled out of their cars because they said they had been drinking, but after the field sobriety tests, they were deemed OK to drive,” Greengard said.

There were no arrests made or citations issued on the Old Road Friday night, but officers have still deemed the checkpoint a success.

Read more of the story from KHTS [here].

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8 Comments

  1. Well duh. Everyone knew about it..

  2. Seems like a successful waste of resources!

  3. I think they are looking for someone who doesn’t know.

  4. Elaine Bingham says:

    Such a waist of every body’s time and money. They would be better off out looking for crimes not sitting on their rears waiting for it to come to them!!

    • Dave says:

      Over 50 people were seriously injured or killed by a drug or alcohol impaired driver in Santa Clarita last year. I doubt they or their families would agree that it’s a waste. Meanwhile, Santa Clarita’s crime rate is less than half that of the average for the entire nation.

  5. Whether they cited anyone for DUI, lives were saved after being forewarned! Well done. Lives were likely spared.?????

  6. Dave says:

    Checkpoints are highly visible, highly publicized events meant to deter drinking and driving in the first place. 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.

    Patrols are meant to catch active drunks, get them off the streets and prosecute them. Patrols have little deterrent value, but high enforcement value. 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.

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