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No DUI arrests at checkpoint

Posted: April 20, 2013 8:25 a.m.
Updated: April 20, 2013 8:25 a.m.
 

There were no DUI arrests at a Sheriff's Department checkpoint Friday night, according to officials.

The checkpoint, from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Whites Canyon Road and Delight Street in Canyon Country, however did result in citations for other violations.

According to sheriff's officials, 1092 vehicles were screened and 3 drivers who were unlicensed or had suspended or revoked licenses were sent to court. Three drivers were cited and sent to court for various vehicle code violations and one vehicle was towed.

Sheriff's officials say that DUI checkpoints are staged as a deterrent to drunk driving with the goal of removing alcohol and drugged impaired drivers from the roads and heightening awareness of the dangers of driving under the influence.

“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. “If everyone planned ahead with sober non-drinking designated drivers these numbers could be lowered to zero.

Those arrested and convicted for DUI can expect jail time, vehicle storage or impound fees, license suspension, fines, fees, DUI classes, and increased insurance rates. These and other expenses can push the cost of an arrest to over $10,000, officials said. 

Citizens are encouraged to call 911 if they spot drivers who may be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

 

 

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