There will be a CHP sobriety checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the unincorporated Santa Clarita Valley on Friday, from 6:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. The goal of the checkpoint is to deter drunk drivers and raise awareness among all motorists.
The California Highway Patrol Newhall Area Office have announced their latest sobriety checkpoint somewhere in the unincorporated Santa Clarita Valley.
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The checkpoint is scheduled for Friday, starting at 6:30 p.m. and will remain in effect until 2:30 a.m. the following morning.
Officers will announce the location just prior to the checkpoint opening and set up signs to direct motorists through the checkpoint.
The process is only expected to take a few minutes per car, according to a CHP press release, and during heavy traffic cars will be stopped based on a pre-set standard, such as every fifth or 10th car.
DUI checkpoints in Santa Clarita
DUI checkpoints are designed to raise public awareness about the danger of driving under the influence of alcohol or other substances, and to reduce the number of drunk drivers on the road.
The CHP previously held a DUI checkpoint in unincorporated Santa Clarita Valley in March 2013. Officers screened 600 vehicles, and no arrests were made.
“Even though arrest totals do not rise dramatically, the psychological influence a checkpoint has on the motoring public is invaluable,” said the CHP press release.
For more information about the checkpoint or other CHP operations in the Santa Clarita Valley, click here or contact the Newhall Area Office at 661-294-5540.
About CHP Sobriety Checkpoints
The goal of the DUI Checkpoint is to create awareness, deter people from driving under the influence and keep the streets safe for all. Sobriety checkpoints are conducted in accordance to the guidelines for checkpoint operations outlined in the Supreme Court decision, Ingersol vs. Palmer.
Although checkpoints tend to reduce the number of drinking drivers on the road, the CHP will apprehend DUI drivers who fail to heed their warnings.
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Source: Santa Clarita News