As part of their ongoing efforts to discourage drunk and impaired driving in the Santa Clarita Valley, Sheriff’s deputies conducted a DUI/Driver’s License checkpoint on June 20 from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Newhall Ranch Road at Grandview Drive in Valencia.
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High visibility DUI enforcement serves as a deterrent to potential drunk drivers and an effective means of removing those from the road who might be a danger to themselves and others. Checkpoints also raise awareness among the rest of the community.
“We do the DUI checkpoints not only to get drunk drivers off the roadway,” said Sgt. Richard Cohen, “but also because it’s an educational tool to let people know that drunk driving is not a thing to do while operating a motor vehicle and also will not be tolerated by law enforcement.”
The checkpoint screened 1,388 vehicles, and deputies were able to remove several impaired drivers from the road.
“Although [the checkpoints] are pretty easy to avoid, we still were able to make 4 arrests,” Cohen said.
Deputies make the following arrests and citations:
- 2 Drivers were given FST’s
- 2 Drivers were arrested for DUI
- 2 Drivers were arrested for outstanding DUI warrants
- 13 Unlicensed and/or suspended/revoked drivers were sent to court
- 12 Drivers were cited and sent to court for various Vehicle Code violations
- 5 Vehicles were towed, four with 30-day impound holds
“Over the course of the past five years, DUI collisions have claimed 11 lives and resulted in 255 injury crashes harming 363 of our friends and neighbors,” Cohen said. “If everyone planned ahead for a sober non-drinking designated drivers these numbers could be lowered to zero.”
Those arrested and convicted for DUI can expect jail time, vehicle storage or impound fees, license suspension, fines, fees, DUI classes and increased insurance rates. Total costs can be more than $10,000.
“Some people are asking why we are doing it on a Thursday night,” Cohen said. “We can see from this that we’re just as successful as if we had done it on a Friday or Saturday night. Unfortunately people have still not gotten the message, and we are still fighting people drinking and driving.”
If you see a drunk driver, don’t hesitate to call 911.
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Source: Santa Clarita News