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UPDATE: Sheriff's Station to conduct end-of-summer DUI crackdown

Posted: August 19, 2013 9:12 a.m.
Updated: August 19, 2013 4:44 p.m.

The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station will conduct a DUI and driver’s license checkpoint Aug. 30 as part of a statewide crackdown on drunken driving that began Friday and continues through Labor Day weekend.

“The end of summer and Labor Day weekend is traditionally a time to have fun,” said SCV Sheriff’s Station Capt. Paul Becker. “Don’t let it turn into a time of tragedy or jail visit by driving impaired by alcohol or drugs. We will be out looking for those making that unwise and dangerous choice.”

The checkpoint will be conducted 6 p.m. Aug. 30 through 2 a.m. Aug. 31 at an undisclosed location within Santa Clarita, but deputies will be on high alert for drunken drivers throughout the enforcement period.

Other DUI checkpoints will be conducted by the California Highway Patrol and 115 other law enforcement agencies across the state, officials said in a news release.

During Labor Day Weekend last year, 138 people across Los Angeles County were killed in motor vehicle crashes involving drivers or motorcycle riders with a .08 or higher blood alcohol level, officials said. Of those fatalities, 83 percent occurred during early evening or overnight hours.

Funding for the SCV checkpoint is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.




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