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The California Highway Patrol Newhall Area Office will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint in the unincorporated area of Los Angeles County on Friday, May 22, 2015.

The checkpoint will begin at approximately 6:30 p.m. and will conclude at approximately 2:30 a.m. Saturday, May 23.
The location will be announced just prior to the operation.

Motorists approaching the checkpoint will see signs informing them of a sobriety checkpoint ahead.
Once diverted into the lane, motorists will be detained only momentarily while an officer explains the purpose of the checkpoint.

Traffic volume permitting, all vehicles will be checked. If traffic volume becomes too heavy, vehicles to be checked will be selected by a pre-set standard, such as every 5th or 10th vehicle, in order to assure objectivity.

The goal of the D.U.I. Checkpoint is to create awareness among the motoring public, to deter people from driving under the influence, and to keep the streets safe for all.

Although checkpoints tend to reduce the number of drinking drivers on the road, the C.H.P. will apprehend D.U.I. drivers who fail to heed the warnings. Even though arrest totals do not rise dramatically, the psychological influence a checkpoint has on the motoring public is invaluable.

Sobriety checkpoints are conducted in accordance to the guidelines for checkpoint operations outlined in the Supreme Court decision, Ingersol vs. Palmer.

For further information, contact California Highway Patrol Public Information Officer John Lutz at (661) 294-5540.

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  1. Lori Reilly Lori Reilly says:

    Why do they give people a heads up.. How about surprise we have a DUI check point…

  2. Linda Lee Linda Lee says:

    They are required by law to publicize a checkpoint. It doesn’t matter how they do it or what media they choose but it must be posted somewhere the public of the area can read.

  3. Hopefully people will think teice

  4. Meant to write, hopefully they will think twice about drinking and driving

  5. It cracks me up that they announce it, I thought it was to be a SURPRISE!

  6. It’s not supposed to be a surprise

  7. Wharever it takes…the life you save…could be mine..!

  8. Ruben Pous Ruben Pous says:

    Need to know what streets?

  9. They don’t give out the locations

  10. Kristy Curtis saturation patrols shhhhh

  11. Kurt Buck Kurt Buck says:

    How about they just go out and fight crime and catch the DUIs honestly? This is just a shakedown to catch people for other offenses like warrants, drivers license, insurance, maybe a little MJ, etc.
    Are we in East Germany, circa 1960? Papers, please…

  12. Jonathan Cabrera Danny Slimm D Cabrera Elmoe Cabrera

  13. Amy says:

    Unfortunately “whatever it takes” is not a good enough excuse to VIOLATE our rights as American Citizens. It’s entirely too easy to say “whatever it takes” to scare the rest of America into submitting their rights through scare tactics. Not only are the DUI checkpoints illegal but so are all police checkpoints. DO NOT allow them to stop you at any checkpoint, not insurance, not registration and certainly no the new smog emissions checkpoint. Even if you roll up to it, you DO NOT have to submit to their questions, you do not have to roll your window down, you have the right to question them for their unconstitutional reasoning for blocking your way and keeping you from free travel.

    Our freedoms are entirely too precious to allow any slack. You give a little, they will take it all!

  14. Shane Weeks Shane Weeks says:

    When Santa Clarita is serious about apprehending drunk drivers it will run a saturation patrol. DUI check points are not an effective way to catch drunk divers. All you have to do to prove this is look at the number of arrests made at each type.

  15. Everyone get your white piece o f drawing paper with a copy of your driver’s licence, registration, and proof of insurance when your come up to stop put up against your side glass to let porky read everything and wont have to roll window down cant smell can stop lol

  16. Andreas Kramer Alessandro Ferro Mat Mubeen

  17. Gotta pay for those pot holes and fancy street lights. Collect that DUI money boys

  18. Gotta pay for those pot holes and fancy street lights. Collect that DUI money boys

  19. Alan Bingham Alan Bingham says:

    Another pointless checkpoint which will net 1 person drive driving without an interlock device installed. 20-25 unlicensed drivers who don’t speak the language will be given warnings, not even a ticket, yet those cars are on our roads without insurance, 50 to 60 people will be stopped while all in all about 300 people will pass through the checkpoint.

    It doesn’t catch drunk drivers because there just aren’t that many in SCV to catch. If all of those highway patrolmen would drive up and down the 5 and the 14, they’d write more tickets and assist motorist, than doing nothing at a stupid checkpoint

    #awesome town

  20. YES!! Thankfully we were successful in getting one 14 time repeat offender off the streets for at least 10 years. Unfortunately not before killing my beautiful sister Lori Lamson Lindlief. Keep up the zero tolerance people. Way too many live lost to this ridiculous problem.

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