Unincorporated areas to be targetOn Saturday, September 22, 2007, a sobriety checkpoint will be conducted by the California Highway Patrol in the unincorporated area of the Santa Clarita Valley. The checkpoint will begin at approximately 8:00 p.m. and conclude at approximately 3:00 a.m. on Sunday, September 23, 2007.
The location will be announced just prior to the operation. Motorists approaching the checkpoint will see informational signs advising them of a sobriety checkpoint ahead. Once diverted into the lane, motorists will be detained for a few moments while an officer explains the purpose of the checkpoint.
According to the CHP, the goal of the DUI 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. The goal is to apprehend the DUI drivers who fail to heed the CHP’s warnings. Checkpoints tend to reduce the number of drinking drivers on the road. Even though arrest totals do not rise dramatically, the psychological influence a checkpoint has on the motoring public is of major value.
Sobriety checkpoints will be conducted in accordance to the guidelines for checkpoint operations outlined in the Supreme Court decision, Ingersol vs. Palmer. 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.