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DUI checkpoint yields arrests, citations, impoundments

Posted: March 15, 2013 5:06 p.m.
Updated: March 15, 2013 5:06 p.m.

During an eight-hour checkpoint Thursday night, Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies arrested one person for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, cited 10 drivers for various traffic violations and towed nine other vehicles.

A total of 1,206 vehicles were screened during the checkpoint, which was held from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the intersection of Newhall Ranch Road and Grandview Drive in Valencia.

Along with the one DUI arrest, deputies gave field sobriety tests to three others drivers, according to a news release.

Deputies also used the checkpoint to ensure drivers were properly licensed. Sixteen people who were driving without a license, or with a license that had been suspended or revoked, were directed to appear in court, according to a Sheriff’s Department news release.

Another 10 drivers were cited for various Vehicle Code violations, and nine vehicles were towed during the checkpoint.

Three of those vehicles were ordered to be impounded for at least 30 days, the release said.

Funding for this and similar checkpoints comes from a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Santa Clarita deputies are part of a wider effort to step up enforcement of traffic and DUI laws during the St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

This effort is in cooperation with other county law enforcement agencies including the California Highway Patrol, which will also stage a DUI checkpoint somewhere near Santa Clarita on Friday night.



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