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One arrest made at DUI checkpoint

1,093 vehicles screened Friday night

Posted: August 31, 2013 9:53 p.m.
Updated: August 31, 2013 9:53 p.m.

In this file photo Sheriff's deputies funnel cars into one lane at a DUI checkpoint on Lyons Avenue.

A checkpoint set up to check for drivers who may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol netted one arrest and more than a dozen traffic citations during its eight-hour run in Valencia Friday night, according to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

The checkpoint ran from 6 p.m. Friday to 2 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of Newhall Ranch Road and Grandview Drive, according to a news release from the sheriff’s station.

During that time, 1,093 vehicles were screened and two drivers were given field sobriety tests. One driver was arrested for DUI.

Seven others were sent to court for driving without a license or with a license that had been suspended or revoked.
Another 13 drivers were cited for various violations of the state vehicle code.

Funding for Friday’s checkpoint comes from a California Office of Traffic Safety grant, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Friday’s checkpoint came amidst a larger county effort to crack down on DUI offenses around Los Angeles County. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is one of about 100 agencies conducting high-profile enforcement efforts leading up to Labor Day.

From Aug. 16 through Wednesday officers had made 1,546 DUI arrests countywide, according to preliminary numbers released this week.

This is an increase in arrests over last year, when 1,418 were recorded over the same time period.
Extra DUI patrols and checkpoints will be deployed in multiple cities in Los Angeles County during Labor Day weekend, according to the sheriff’s department.



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