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Sixteen arrested at two checkpoints

Posted: July 26, 2014 2:16 p.m.
Updated: July 26, 2014 2:16 p.m.

A pair of checkpoints set up Friday night to check for drivers who may be under the influence of alcohol or drugs resulted in 16 arrests in Santa Clarita, according to officials.

The two checkpoints ran from 6 p.m. Friday to 2 a.m. Saturday and were held on northbound Railroad Avenue north of Oak Ridge Drive and eastbound Newhall Ranch Road east of Grandview Drive, according to information from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

A reported 2,532 vehicles went through the checkpoints and 2,147 drivers were checked, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Department.

One person was arrested for driving a vehicle not equipped with an ignition interlock device and two were arrested and sent to court for driving with licenses that had been suspended or revoked, according to the news release.

Additionally, 13 unlicensed drivers were arrested and sent to court.

Four vehicles were stored for one day, according to the news release, and three vehicles were impounded for 30 days.

Officials say these checkpoints are two of “many that have been or will be conducted throughout the year in Santa Clarita.”

While the recent checkpoints did not result in any arrests for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, Sheriff’s Department officials say the checkpoints discourage people who might otherwise drive impaired.
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balld13: Posted: July 27, 2014 12:00 a.m.

I passed a sign, rather slowly while in line, which spelled "sobriety checkpoint". Another obvious sheriff fail.

DMeyer: Posted: July 27, 2014 1:35 a.m.

13 unlicensed drivers in one checkpoint. Holy smokes, makes me wonder how many idiots are out there on the roads with no drivers licenses. If you don't wan to take the time to go to the DMV to get a license then take the bus you bunch of low life losers.

bobforte: Posted: July 27, 2014 9:31 a.m.

Again, ZERO DUI arrests.

13 unlicensed drivers, 7 impounds, which means 6 got to leave with their vehicles still with no license.

EgbertSouse4U: Posted: July 27, 2014 11:12 a.m.

Don't you get it, bob? This means it was an unmitigated success. They kept the drunk drivers off the road!! (sarcasm)

CaptGene: Posted: July 27, 2014 12:30 p.m.


ohhyaa: Posted: July 27, 2014 12:32 p.m.

DMeyer, ditto to your post. Four years ago my husband was rear ended by an unlnsured driver. The unlnsured driver, Federico Perez Lara, simply just disappeared. Probably took a "vacation" to Mexico for a year or so. Unlicensed or revoked licenses are equal to uninsured. My husband still suffers with knee pain. Thank you officers for removing the trash from our streets.

SReilly12: Posted: July 27, 2014 1:01 p.m.

The importance of having a drivers license has gone out the window, Brown's giving them to the illegals.......can't say they aren't documented now can we?!?! These people will save to get a car......I doubt very much that insurance is in their financial picture for a long time, if ever.

DMeyer: Posted: July 27, 2014 7:32 p.m.


Sorry to hear that your husband still suffers from that pain. Some people don't see the merit of doing something about dangerous drivers out on our roads. Whereas those of us who have had friends or family fall victim to those dangerous drivers think otherwise.

chefgirl358: Posted: July 27, 2014 9:18 p.m.

DMeyer, you assume they have the option of getting a license, probably a bunch of illegals. Contrary to what SReilly says, they don't have licenses yet despite dems trying to get it put through. And yes, those freaking unlicensed a holes are a nightmare because they're uninsured and often driving unsafe vehicles that aren't maintained (bald tires, burnt out brake/head lights, etc., etc) and they crash into someone and take off. I totally hate people who do that.

CaptGene: Posted: July 27, 2014 9:40 p.m.

I got hit by an unlicensed, uninsured guy on the freeway. I handed it to my insurance company and everything was taken care of. I've had uninsured motorist protection for years because I want to make sure my family is covered.

ricketzz: Posted: July 28, 2014 9:15 a.m.

Exactly. Uninsured and excess medical coverage are a must. Drivers' licenses will soon be a quaint relic of an inefficient past.

ohhyaa: Posted: July 28, 2014 10:21 a.m.

I've lived in Southern California my entire life. I've always had uninsured motorist coverage and if I had to roughly calculate 35 years of covering the cost of inconsiderate drivers who drive without insurance i would put it around 20 grand. Now my kids pay. Hurray.

Bobs: Posted: July 28, 2014 12:13 p.m.

I still say that if the authorities were serious about getting drunks and other unsafe/unlicensed drivers off the road, the penalties would be much stiffer.

If people knew they would be in jail 30 days for a first offense of DUI, there would be a much smaller amount of drivers out there trying to "push their luck". It would not keep everyone from doing it, but it would limit it greatly

But currently, they fine drivers. I don't know the final cost but its around $5k for first offense then goes up each time after. Plus there are usually mandatory classes that also carry a fee to attend. A source of income they would loose with my plan. (I do realize there is an prison population problem as it is)

I don't know if my idea is the real answer, but currently to me it has always seemed more about bringing in money than safety.

Rocketeer: Posted: July 28, 2014 4:26 p.m.

@balld13: Try as I might, I cannot see what's wrong with a sign that says "sobriety checkpoint." That is the correct spelling of both words. Is there some obsure grammar rule that forbids this formation?

"Uninsured and excess medical coverage are a must. Drivers' licenses will soon be a quaint relic of an inefficient past."
Ah, yes, that quaint past when we did not allow anyone who happened to wander into our country to do whatever they please. Those expensive insurance add-ons ARE a must in a society where we welcome millions of illegal aliens and don't ask them to follow the same laws as citizens. Welcome to libtopia everyone!

sixsixonestyle: Posted: July 31, 2014 1:53 a.m.

SCV Sheriffs are a joke! haha

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