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UPDATE: Midweek DUI checkpoint nets 3

Posted: August 15, 2012 10:08 a.m.
Updated: August 15, 2012 4:56 p.m.
 

A midweek sobriety checkpoint conducted Tuesday night through early this morning in Canyon Country netted three drivers on suspicion of driving under the influence, sheriff’s officials said.

Deputies screened 1,019 vehicles during the checkpoint, which was conducted on Whites Canyon Road at Pleasantdale Street from 6 p.m. Tuesday through 2 a.m. today, according to a report by the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

The number of arrests made Tuesday night wasn’t unusual compared to weekend nights, said Sgt. Richard Cohen of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s traffic division. The traffic division normally makes two to three arrests during its checkpoints, he said.

“There’s obviously drunk drivers every night of the week and that was proven last night,” Cohen said today.

During the checkpoint, four drivers were given field sobriety tests and three were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to the report. Deputies arrested one driver who was either unlicensed or had a suspended or revoked license, cited one driver for vehicle code violations, and one vehicle was towed.

The four drivers who were given the sobriety tests all said they were coming from late dinners, Cohen said.

DUI checkpoints, along with regularly scheduled, high-visibility DUI enforcement, serve as a proven deterrent to remove alcohol- and drug-impaired drivers, according to the Sheriff’s Department report.

The checkpoint was funded through a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The next checkpoint is tentatively scheduled for Aug. 31.

kjonas@the-signal.com
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