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The sobriety checkpoint

Posted: January 20, 2009 8:11 p.m.
Updated: January 21, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 

The sobriety checkpoint (Deputies stage DUI checkpoint tonight, January 9) that took place in Santa Clarita in January served to funnel limited state and federal grant money away from measures that have proven to be most effective in combating drunk driving.

Because they are highly visible by design and publicized in advance, roadblocks are all too easily avoided by the chronic alcohol abusers who comprise the core of today's drunk driving problem.

Conversely, the number of drunk-driving arrests made by roving patrol programs is nearly 10 times the average number of drunk-driving arrests made by checkpoint programs, according to testimony by a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation official.

By focusing scarce law enforcement resources on roadblocks, Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station deputies will strip California's roadways of their most valuable tool for catching drunk drivers.

Santa Clarita residents and taxpayers would benefit from employing the most effective tactics to catch drunk drivers: roving police patrols.

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