Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies are hosting a pair of DUI checkpoints Friday, officials said.
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Sheriff’s Station deputies host DUI and driver’s license checks throughout the year in city limits with money provided by federal grants.
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“The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes,” according to a Nixle news release from the Sheriff’s Department. “Research shows that crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough.”
In California, this deadly crime led to 774 deaths because someone failed to designate a sober driver.
“Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed 49 lives and resulted in 893 injury crashes harming 1,113 of our friends and neighbors,” said Sgt. Joseph Jakl of the Risk Management Bureau.
Deputies will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment.
Deputies will also check drivers for proper licensing and will strive to delay motorists only momentarily. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving.
Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000.
Funding for these operations is provided to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to continue to work together to bring an end to these tragedies.
Anyone who suspects a driver might be under the influence is asked to call 9-1-1 and report the crime.
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Source: Santa Clarita News