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UPDATE: 4 arrested for DUI at checkpoint

Posted: August 16, 2013 7:43 a.m.
Updated: August 16, 2013 5:18 p.m.
 

SANTA CLARITA - Four people were arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol during an eight-hour checkpoint run by the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station in Saugus.

More than 1,200 vehicles were screened at the checkpoint, which ran from 6 p.m. Thursday to 2 a.m. Friday at the intersection of Railroad Avenue and Oak Ridge Drive.

Five people were given field sobriety tests during the checkpoint and four were arrested for DUI. Another seven people who were driving without a license or with a license that had been suspended or revoked were sent to court.

Three other drivers were cited for various violations of the state Vehicle Code.

Funding for Thursday’s checkpoint comes from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Law enforcement agencies statewide are planning to ramp up DUI enforcement before and during the Labor Day weekend, according to the Office of Traffic Safety.

“As people get together to celebrate the holiday weekend, it is important that they remain responsible behind the wheel,” said Christopher J. Murphy, director of the Office of Traffic Safety, in a news release. “Driving under the influence is extremely dangerous.

“California is increasing enforcement during the holiday to ensure that those who choose to drive while impaired will be caught and arrested.”

The California Highway Patrol and more than 115 local police departments across the state are part of the effort to set up DUI checkpoints during the enforcement period, which runs Friday until Sept. 2.

“Our education and enforcement efforts play a key role in keeping the motoring public safe,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow in a news release. “With the public’s cooperation and commitment to abstain from drinking and driving, lives will be saved.”

On average, two people die every day in California as a result of a collision involving an impaired driver, according to the Office of Traffic Safety.

“Over the course of the past five years, DUI collisions have claimed 11 lives and resulted in 255 injury crashes harming 363 of our friends and neighbors,” said Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station Sgt. Richard Cohen in a news release.

“If everyone planned ahead for a sober, non-drinking designated driver, these numbers could be lowered to zero.”

 

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