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.
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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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