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Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station to hold DUI checkpoint Friday

Posted: April 13, 2013 6:08 p.m.
Updated: April 13, 2013 6:08 p.m.

The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station will host another checkpoint to catch drivers who may be unlicensed or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

 

The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station will host another checkpoint to catch drivers who may be unlicensed or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol next week.

The checkpoint will be held from 6 p.m. Friday to 2 a.m. Saturday. The location will not be revealed but it will be within Santa Clarita city limits.

This will be the second such checkpoint this month. An April 5 checkpoint in Newhall netted three DUI arrests, as well as one for possession of narcotics, out of 944 vehicles screened.

The station typically holds one checkpoint a month but plans to schedule them more frequently due to an increase in

DUI arrests this time of year, said Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station Sgt. Richard Cohen.

Checkpoints are typically scheduled at times when there is a greater chance of DUI offenses, Cohen said Friday.

Along with screening for DUI and ensuring drivers are properly licensed, sheriff’s deputies also cite drivers for traffic violations during checkpoints.

Regular such checkpoints serve as a deterrent to drivers who may otherwise make the decision to drink and drive, according to sheriff’s officials.

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

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