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Sheriff’s Department to step up DUI patrols

Posted: December 17, 2010 10:32 p.m.
Updated: December 18, 2010 4:55 a.m.

As the season of holiday partying begins, the Sheriff’s Department warns residents about the consequences of drunk driving, officials said Friday.

Beginning Dec. 17 through the New Year’s weekend, deputies will be out in force, cracking down on anyone caught drunk or drugged behind the wheel.

A nationwide campaign started at 6 p.m. Friday with a checkpoint at an undisclosed location where deputies checked driver’s licenses and conducted sobriety tests.

“We know that the holiday season can be one of the deadliest and most dangerous times on America’s roadways due to an increase in drunken driving,” Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station Cap. Paul Becker said in a statement.

Young males are at particularly high risk, with nearly one-quarter admitting to riding with someone who should not have been behind the wheel in the past year, the statement said.

There were 132 drinking-related crashes in the city of Santa Clarita this year, the statement said.

“Sadly, millions of Americans still think they are invincible and regularly choose to get behind the wheel after having too much to drink,” Becker said in the statement.

If you see a drunk driver, call Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station at (661) 255-1121 or report it anonymously by calling 800-222-TIPS (8477).

The law enforcement campaign will be conducted by the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Department in partnership with the Avoid DUI Task Force Campaigns.


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