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More than a dozen DUI arrests made over weekend

Checkpoint resulted in screening of more than 1,000 drivers

Posted: March 12, 2012 6:26 p.m.
Updated: March 12, 2012 6:26 p.m.

While more than a dozen motorists were arrested for alleged drunken driving over the weekend, a scheduled DUI checkpoint in the Santa Clarita Valley Friday netted only one impaired-driver arrest despite more than a thousand motorists checked.

Between 6 p.m. Friday and 2 a.m. Saturday, deputies with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station "screened" 1,009 motorists in a checkpoint looking for motorists suspected of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and for driver's license validation, Sgt. Richard Cohen of the station's Traffic Section.

Five motorists were ordered to appear in court for either driving without a license or driving with their licenses suspended or revoked.

Ten other citations were also issued.

"This checkpoint was one of many that have been or will be conducted throughout the year in Santa Clarita," Cohen said in a written media release.

The location of Friday's checkpoint was on Whites Canyon Road near Delight Street.

Between Friday and Sunday night around the valley, local deputies and officers of the California Highway Patrol arrested 13 people on suspicion they were driving while under the influence.

Those scheduled to appear in court Monday morning as a result included a construction worker, a security adviser, a nanny who lives in Castaic and an emergency room nurse who works at a hospital outside the Santa Clarita Valley.

The two local law enforcement agencies arrested a total of 43 people for various offenses over the weekend, 13 of which were for DUI.

The consequences of being arrested for driving while impaired are significant, Cohen said.

"Over the course of the past five years, DUI collisions have claimed five lives and resulted in 228 injury crashes harming 323 of our friends and neighbors," Cohen said.

Those numbers could be reduced to zero if drinkers designated drivers ahead of time, he said.
The next DUI/driver's license checkpoint is tentatively set for March 23.





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