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UPDATE: Checkpoints net 18 arrests

Posted: May 24, 2014 10:54 a.m.
Updated: May 24, 2014 12:13 p.m.
 

A pair of checkpoints to screen for drivers who may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol or driving without a license netted 18 arrests, according to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

The two checkpoints were conducted from 6 p.m. Friday to 2 a.m. Saturday and were located at eastbound Soledad Canyon Road at Golden Oak Road and eastbound Newhall Ranch Road east of Grandview Drive.

“Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public,” reads a news release from the Sheriff’s Station.

A total of 2,062 vehicles went through the checkpoints, according to the news release. One suspect was arrested for driving a vehicle not equipped with an ignition interlock device and three drivers with licenses that had been suspended or revoked were arrested and sent to court.

Most of the arrests at the checkpoints, 14, were unlicensed drivers, according to the news release.

Three vehicles were also impounded for 30 days and one was stored for one day.

Officials say checkpoints such as these have a deterrent effect — helping raise awareness about the dangers and consequences of drunk or impaired driving.

Funding for checkpoints such as these comes from a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

“These checkpoints were one of many that have been or will be conducted throughout the year in Santa Clarita,” the news release reads.

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