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CHP conducts DUI Checkpoint

Posted: January 21, 2014 9:15 a.m.
Updated: January 21, 2014 9:15 a.m.

On Friday, January 24th, 2014, The California Highway Patrol Newhall Area Office will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint in the unincorporated area of Los Angeles County.  The checkpoint will begin at approximately 6:30 pm and conclude at approximately 2:30 am Saturday, January 25th, 2014.


The location will be announced just prior to the operation.  Motorists approaching the checkpoint will see informational signs advising them of a sobriety checkpoint ahead.  Once diverted into the lane, motorists will be detained only momentarily while an officer explains the purpose of the checkpoint.


The goal of the D.U.I. Checkpoint is to create awareness among the motoring public, to deter people from driving under the influence, and to keep the streets safe for all.  Although checkpoints tend to reduce the number of drinking drivers on the road, the C.H.P. will apprehend D.U.I. drivers who fail to heed our warnings.  Even though arrest totals do not rise dramatically, the psychological influence a checkpoint has on the motoring public is invaluable.


Sobriety checkpoints are conducted in accordance to the guidelines for checkpoint operations outlined in the Supreme Court decision, Ingersol vs. Palmer.  Traffic volume permitting, all vehicles will be checked.  If traffic volume becomes too heavy, vehicles to be checked will be selected by a pre-set standard, such as every 5th or 10th vehicle, in order to assure objectivity.


For further information, please feel free to contact California Highway Patrol Public Information Officer John Lutz at (661) 294-5540.



NOTE:  Media may contact C.H.P. Dispatch at (323) 982-4945 after 8:00 pm on Friday,

January 24th, 2014 for the exact location of the checkpoint.


NotSoAwesomeTown: Posted: January 21, 2014 9:33 a.m.

Negative posts in 3.....2......

17trillion: Posted: January 21, 2014 11:27 a.m.

Negative post preceded by someone prepared to cede any constitutional rights to the state in the same of safety! Guilty until proven innocent! The founders would puke on some of you were they alive to see this travesty.

I don't have anything to hide so let them pull me over for no reason, let them monitor my calls, texts, and internet. Let them fondle your genitals at the airport even though such processes have been proven to be worthless.

To think how many people fought and died for protections and freedoms that you sheep so willingly give up makes me sick!

bobforte: Posted: January 21, 2014 12:55 p.m.

NSAT's comment is negative in itself.

Lotus8: Posted: January 21, 2014 1:22 p.m.

NSAT...You know you don't have to live life assuming the glass is half empty all the time. Your chosen handle appears to immediately position you as sarcastic and negative. I wonder where the utopia you desire actually exists? If you know, why not move there? Expectations are the root of disappointment. If you keep expecting people to agree with your world view it will only leave you frustrated and upset that nobody is enlightened as you are. Everyone is different, nobody's perfect. Neither is the SCV. They are who they are and the judgment of their merit is in the eye of the beholder, as with everything in this world.

Just wanted to throw that out there. Have a great rest of your day.

NotSoAwesomeTown: Posted: January 21, 2014 1:53 p.m.

Say what you will, Lotus8. Every time anyone writes a story about DUI checkpoints, 99.9% of the comments are negative, and law enforcement bashing. Every single time. So yes, bobtforte, if my comment was construed as negative, then it's negative toward the bashers. Doesn’t a double negative make a positive?

It's completely reasonable to expect the negative comments towards law enforcement, given the history of this comments section on other stories. And no, I'm not a member of law enforcement nor is any of my family, but the bashing is FAR more negative than my moniker, and does nothing but further the "us vs them" environment that's so prevalent in other areas of Los Angeles and spreading like a cancer. Many people choose not to take the time to form their own opinions, and are quick to jump on that bashing bandwagon, and that’s a shame. We have many really nice, hard working Deputies in this area, and they simply don’t deserve the animosity, especially since they’re the ones you rely on to respond to your emergencies.

Oh - and I never said I expect everyone agree with my world view, nor did I ever state I was more enlightened than everyone else. Far from it, actually - so you can get off your high preaching horse and take it elsewhere. No, the SCV isn't perfect....hence the reason it's "Not So Awesome Town", IMHO the worst marketing tagline in history. Get it????

17trillion: Posted: January 21, 2014 2:12 p.m.

"99.9% of the comments are negative, and law enforcement bashing."

You are so full of it. The fact is that most comments are in favor of the gestapo tactic and nobody, I mean NOBODY, critiques law enforcement other than them sponging some overtime. Besides that, the less than 1% "success" rate of these stops mitigates anything positive that might happen by taking one drunk driver off the road. You have to be an idiot to think that 4 or 5 cars patrolling Santa Clarita couldn't do better than one drunk in 8 hours at he expense of 1,500 people who weren't drunk and just wanted to get home.

Baddog1: Posted: January 21, 2014 2:19 p.m.

1500 cars, most likely many more than 1500 people.

EgbertSouse4U: Posted: January 21, 2014 2:49 p.m.

CHP checkpoint somewhere in the unincorporated area of LA County. Kinda narrows it down, doesn't it? If you want to avoid this B.S. as you would just like to get home, I suggest staying within city limits.

I'll predict the checkpoint at "The Old Road, between McBean and Pico Canyon.

DMeyer: Posted: January 21, 2014 3:38 p.m.

Go get em CHP!

EgbertSouse4U: Posted: January 21, 2014 3:41 p.m.

I wish they WOULD "go get 'em" instead of standing around waiting for the drunks to fall into their lap. Lazy law enforcement at best.

ohhyaa: Posted: January 21, 2014 7:24 p.m.

I wonder if there has ever been a survey form given to checkpoint motorists asking questions like "would prior knowledge of a checkpoint be a deterrent for you?" or "are you less likely to consume alcohol or discourage someone from drinking and driving now?" I would love to know quantitatively the value of a checkpoint as a deterrent.

JohnnyCash: Posted: January 22, 2014 12:27 a.m.

"I would love to know quantitatively the value of a checkpoint as a deterrent."

I can't give you any numbers, studies or surveys, but as a high school teacher who spends an hour a day with almost 200 teens, I have overheard a lot of conversations about these checkpoints.

Most of them are on a Monday and are about going through a checkpoint and "passing" because they were stone-cold sober. A few have been about getting "lucky" because they were not part of the ever-other or every-third vehicle, and I've even heard no less than two students say that they turned onto a different route when they noticed the lights ahead.

Some, however, are of the Friday variety where a student has read (some can actually do that!) the announcement in The Signal and are warning others. I have no evidence, but I'll bet that there are far more texts being sent than students talking face-to-face (most actually can't do that!)? And I also have to believe that teens, more than any other group, spread the word (including the checkpoint's exact location) as soon as one is spotted or experienced.

I'll also bet that if there's not one already, there will be an app that automatically sends a text alert to warn those who have it. Think of the CB work from Smokey and the Bandit amongst the truckers in regard to speed traps.

So to answer your question, I would absolutely have an impact on teenagers' behaviors, but technology will eventually render them worthless.

Now as to the constitutional legality...well, that's a whole other topic.

ricketzz: Posted: January 22, 2014 5:38 a.m.

Those who give up essential Liberty for temporary safety get neither. Stop giving the Gestapo the benefit of the doubt. They aren't your friendly neighborhood police anymore. They are Storm Troopers for the Corporation and they do the bidding of the 1%.

DMeyer: Posted: January 22, 2014 7:54 a.m.

Thanks for the feedback JohnnyCash. From your observations the checkpoints are having an impact on our younger drivers. Perhaps the riskiest drivers out there.

ricketzz needs another occupy movement. How about occupying the next DUI checkpoint? You and the rest of the occupoopers can end the checkpoints by occupying the checkpoints. Good luck!

ohhyaa: Posted: January 22, 2014 4:57 p.m.

Thanks johnnycash.

ricketzz: Posted: January 23, 2014 6:15 a.m.

The existing Occupy Movement is just fine, thanks. You should be grateful for Occupy; they showed you who the police really protect, and it ain't you.

DMeyer: Posted: January 23, 2014 4:35 p.m.


I was wishing you luck on the next great accomplishment of the occupiers....taking over DUI checkpoints that way the 1percent can't use the police to control the rest of us....step up and rally your troops. Stick it to the man. The occupy movement is the greatest thing since Limburger cheese.

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