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Local DUI checkpoint nets two arrests, 14 citations

Posted: December 22, 2012 9:42 a.m.
Updated: December 22, 2012 9:42 a.m.

 

Officials from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station arrested two for driving under the influence at a checkpoint in Valencia Friday night.

Sheriff’s officials held the checkpoint at the intersection of Magic Mountain Parkway and Avignon Drive between 6 p.m. and 2 a.m. The primary purpose of the checkpoint was to stop drivers who may be intoxicated or those who might be unlicensed.

A total of 964 vehicles were stopped at the checkpoint during its 8-hour run and three drivers were subsequently given field sobriety tests. Two were arrested for driving under the influence.

Another 10 drivers were cited for various other traffic violations and four others were cited for driving without a license or on a license that had been suspended or revoked.

“Over the course of the past five years, DUI collisions have claimed 11 lives and resulted in 255 injury crashes harming 363 of our friends and neighbors,” said Sergeant Richard Cohen of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, in a news release. “If everyone planned ahead for a sober, non-drinking designated driver these numbers could be lowered to zero.”

Similar checkpoints will be set up around the state until the end of the year, though Friday’s checkpoint is the only one scheduled for Santa Clarita through the end of the year, according to sheriff’s officials.

Last night’s checkpoint comes ahead of what the California Highway Patrol calls its maximum enforcement during the weekend before Christmas.

From 6 p.m. Friday to midnight Monday, CHP officers will deploy all available officers to help enforce DUI laws.

Funding for last night’s checkpoint and other DUI law-enforcement operations comes from a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

lmoney@signalscv.com
661-287-5525

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