The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station will conduct a DUI checkpoint at an undisclosed location within city limits between 6 p.m. and 2 a.m. this Friday.
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“Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving DUI deterrence along with several other safety issues,” said Sgt. Richard Cohen.
Officers contact drivers passing through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol or drug impairment. Checkpoints, along with regularly scheduled DUI enforcement, serve as a proven deterrent with the goal of removing impaired drivers.
“The checkpoint will be placed at a major artery in and out of the city,” Cohen said.
The object of the checkpoints is to send a clear message to those who consider driving a motor vehicle after consuming drugs or alcohol: if they drive buzzed, drunk or impaired by drugs they will go to jail. DUI checkpoints heighten awareness of the dangers of driving under the influence
“We have been successful in the past with the amount of drivers contact to get our message out,” Cohen said.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, checkpoints provided the most effective results of any DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent.
Those arrested DUI face jail time, loss of their driver licenses, or being sentenced to use ignition interlocks. Their insurance rates go up. Other financial hits include attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of job or job prospects.
The crime of impaired driving is serious. In 2010 alone, 791 people died in California crashes, in which a driver or motorcycle was at or above the legal limit. The age group with the highest percentage of alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities was 21-to-24.
Over the past three years, Santa Clarita Valley Sheriffs have investigated 212 fatal and injury DUI collisions. In Los Angeles County, 730 individuals were killed in drunk-driving wrecks.
The checkpoint was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. To help Santa Clarita Valley Sheriffs: Report drunk drivers – Call 911.
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Source: Santa Clarita News