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CHP leads DUI enforcement sweep; SCV checkpoint Friday

Posted: March 4, 2010 12:12 p.m.
Updated: March 4, 2010 1:40 p.m.
 
Officers from the California Highway Patrol Newhall Area Office will conduct a sobriety checkpoint on Friday, March 5, from 8:30 p.m. to Saturday, March 6 at 2:30 a.m.

The location will be announced just prior to the operation.

The checkpoint is one of many that the CHP will hold throughout California. Its goal is to raise awareness, deter people from driving under the influence and keep the streets safe.

In response to an increasing concern about DUI in the state, the CHP will also seek out and serve warrants on drunk drivers who have been charged with DUI, but failed to appear for court to be held accountable for their actions.

"The people who are wanted made the poor choice to drink and drive and were arrested for DUI," said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. "Afterward, they ignored court orders, failing to appear and refusing to pay the imposed fine and address other court sanctions."

In an effort to hold these people accountable for their actions, a warrant is issued by the court for their arrest. With the help of a federal grant, the CHP will rein in those with outstanding DUI felony and misdemeanor arrest warrants by establishing teams of officers whose specific purpose is to serve DUI warrants throughout the state.

Over the next several months, the teams will focus their attention on counties with an overwhelming number of outstanding warrants within four of the CHP's Divisions including Southern, Central, Valley and Golden Gate Divisions. It is expected that more than 6,000 warrants will be served through September 30.

"Those individuals with outstanding DUI warrants can also turn themselves in to their local CHP Area office for the purposes of surrendering themselves on their own terms," added Commissioner Farrow. "Otherwise, they will be arrested wherever they are found, which may prove to be quite inconvenient and perhaps embarrassing."

Funding for the "DUI Warrant Service Project" is provided by a $311,568 grant awarded by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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