In an article by The Santa Clarita Valley Signal, Sheriff’s will run a DUI/ Drivers License checkpoint on November 16, 2012, at a unrelieved location that will be within city limits between the hours of 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. These are placed in areas that have the greatest potential to deter drunk and drugged driving and would allow greater safety for officers and the public.
Officers will be checking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment on those drivers who pass through the checkpoint. The DUI checkpoints, along with regularly scheduled high visibility DUI enforcement, has shown to be a proven deterrent with a focus of removing impaired drivers and has helped increase awareness of the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
The article notes that, in the last three years, Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s have looked into 212 fatal and injury DUI collision. There were 730 individuals who were killed in drunk driving wrecks countywide.
The purpose of such checkpoints is to send a clear message to people who consider driving under the influence. Those who get caught face jail time, loss of their driver’s license, or being sentenced to use ignition interlocks among other things.
The California Office of Traffic Safety funded the checkpoint with a grant through the National Highway Traffic Administration.
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