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Santa Clarita: DUI checkpoint scheduled for today

Sheriff's Department schedules checkpoint night before CHP's checkpoint

Posted: March 14, 2013 11:01 a.m.
Updated: March 14, 2013 11:01 a.m.

An electronic sign notifies passing drivers of a sobriety checkpoint in Valencia in 2011.

Deputies from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station will stage a checkpoint to catch those who may be driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol tonight somewhere in Santa Clarita.

The checkpoint will run from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. The location of the checkpoint has not been disclosed, but it will be placed somewhere that has “the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public,” according to a news release.

Another DUI checkpoint has been scheduled Friday night by the California Highway Patrol. That one will be outside the city, officials said.

The Sheriff’s Station periodically stages checkpoints around the city, looking for impaired or unlicensed drivers. According to statistics from the station, deputies made a total of three DUI arrests during the last two checkpoints, one held in December and the other in January.

Deputies screened more than 960 vehicles at each of those checkpoints.

Funding for the checkpoints come from a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.




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