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UPDATE: DUI checkpoint planned in Santa Clarita on Friday

Posted: February 19, 2014 12:20 p.m.
Updated: February 19, 2014 5:31 p.m.

The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station will conduct a checkpoint Friday evening to get drunken or unlicensed drivers off the road.

The checkpoint will run 6 p.m. Friday to 1:30 a.m. Saturday inside Santa Clarita city boundaries, but its exact location was not revealed.

“The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol- or drug-involved crashes,” sheriff’s officials said in a news release announcing the Friday night event.

“Research shows that crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough.”

Funding to conduct Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department checkpoints is provided through a grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The administration says such checkpoints “have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies while also yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent.”

A Sheriff’s Department DUI checkpoint set up in Saugus on the night of Dec. 20 netted two drivers suspected of being impaired, two sent to court for driving without a license, and three cars impounded for 30 days.

More than 1,100 drivers passed through the checkpoint on Railroad Avenue north of Oak Ridge Drive.

Locations for checkpoints are determined based on maximum enforcement and maximum safety for both law enforcement and drivers, traffic safety administration officials said.




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