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Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station Announces DUI Checkpoints

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station Announces DUI Checkpoints

The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station announced DUI and driver’s license checkpoints are planned for Friday.

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Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies will be checking drivers for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment, as well as proper licensing, at undisclosed locations in Santa Clarita Valley in an effort to deter drunk driving and raise awareness.

The checkpoints are scheduled to start at 6 p.m. Friday and will remain in effect until 1:30 a.m. the following morning.

Drivers caught under the influence of drugs or alcohol can expect jail, license suspension, insurance increases, fines, fees, DUI classes, and other expenses that can exceed $10,000, according to a news release by the Sheriff’s Station.

Related article: DUI Checkpoint In Santa Clarita Leads To Arrest By CHP

Sheriff’s Station officials said statistics on DUI checkpoints show a reduced number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug-related crashes, and collisions involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often.

“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.

A combination of collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests are used to determine the locations of the checkpoints, the ultimate goal being to use locations that have the greatest opportunity for deterrence of impaired drivers.

Checkpoints have the most effective documented results of DUI enforcement strategies, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Deputies will strive to delay drivers only momentarily during Friday’s checkpoints.

For more information, click here or contact the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station at 661-255-1121.

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Source: Santa Clarita News

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station Announces DUI Checkpoints

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Melissa became a staff writer at KHTS AM-1220 following her internship in the newsroom. She has been writing news and feature stories for the KHTS website since February 2014. After receiving her bachelor's degree in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara, Melissa moved back to Santa Clarita to begin her professional writing career. She has published feature stories in "The Signal" newspaper and College of the Canyons' "Cougar News" and formerly worked as a freelance animal welfare writer for an online publication. In her spare time, Melissa enjoys volunteering at animal rescues and working on her blog, All Things Animal Rescue LA/SCV. In November 2014, she finished writing her first fiction novel and hopes to publish it someday.