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CHP checkpoint nets 4 arrests for DUI

• Police screen 315 vehicles.

Posted: April 10, 2008 1:57 a.m.
Updated: June 11, 2008 5:04 a.m.
 
Narrowing things down is a major facet of sobriety checkpoints. Between 8 p.m. Friday and 3 a.m. Saturday, California Highway Patrol officers screened 315 vehicles on Sierra Highway near Sand Canyon Road.

Of those, Officer John Lutz said 15 drivers performed field sobriety tests.

Four of those people were arrested for allegedly driving under the influence.

An additional two arrests were made for alleged possessions of marijuana, Lutz said.

Four vehicles were also impounded, the result of motorists driving with suspended licenses, according to the officer.

All DUI checkpoints are organized according to specific requirements that include a public notification of the planned checkpoint. Lutz said that announcement does not have to include the actual location of the checkpoint, but a time and date are often given.

During the checkpoint, Lutz said that vehicles are checked on a random basis. Drivers are also made aware of the upcoming checkpoint with the use of road signs. Stopped motorists will be asked a series of questions, Lutz said. A driver's license is also checked.

According to Lutz, the checkpoints generally net around three or four motorists for driving under the influence.

The hope with every DUI checkpoint, he said, is to stop motorists from driving under the influence.

Lutz said that while one way to prevent driving under the influence is through education, the checkpoints are considered ways of enforcement.

Both the CHP and the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station are in talks to conduct a joint DUI checkpoint on April 25.

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