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DUI checkpoint scheduled for Friday

Posted: August 28, 2014 5:26 p.m.
Updated: August 28, 2014 5:26 p.m.

Drive Sober & Choose Your Ride Home

Driving Under the Influence / Driver’s License (DUI/CDL) Checkpoints are conducted by deputies with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department on a regular basis.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Santa Clarita Station will be conducting a DUI/DCL Checkpoint on Friday August 29th, 2014 in the City of Santa Clarita between the hours of 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.   

The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes. Research shows that crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough.

Deputies will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment.  Deputies will also check drivers for proper licensing and will strive to delay motorists only momentarily.  When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving.  Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

In 2011, nearly 10,000 people were killed nationally in motor vehicle traffic crashes that involved at least one driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or higher. In California, this deadly crime led to 774 deaths because someone failed to designate a sober driver. “Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed 49 lives and resulted in 893 injury crashes harming 1,113 of our friends and neighbors,” said Sgt. Joseph Jakl of the Risk Management Bureau.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent.  Based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests, DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence.  Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public.

Funding for these operations is provided to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to continue to work together to bring an end to these tragedies. 

If you see a Drunk Driver – Call 9-1-1.

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Before87: Posted: August 28, 2014 9:28 p.m.

Whites canyon?

ohhyaa: Posted: August 28, 2014 10:40 p.m.

Big football game at Canyon High School Friday Night. My guess is Magic Mountain Parkway.

stevehw: Posted: August 28, 2014 11:19 p.m.

Download the app for your smartphone!

DMeyer: Posted: August 29, 2014 12:37 a.m.

In addition to downloading the app make sure to tell all your friends. Get the word out!

AdamTwelve: Posted: August 29, 2014 1:21 a.m.

There's a reason why they set-up in the middle of the block, that's to allow you the choice of either going left or right. You can, can, can, opt not to go thru the check-point, it's not mandatory--by law it cannot be mandatory.

ricketzz: Posted: August 29, 2014 9:56 a.m.

Define "impaired" please. What are the objective criteria? How were these determined? Where is the data?

DMeyer: Posted: August 29, 2014 10:46 a.m.

Too stoned already to figure it out? Ok, here you go.

weakened, diminished, or damaged:
impaired hearing; to rebuild an impaired bridge.
functioning poorly or inadequately:
Consumption of alcohol results in an impaired driver.
deficient or incompetent (usually preceded by an adverb or noun):
morally impaired; sports-impaired.

Over 10,000 people a year are killed in DUI crashes.

Now please stay at home and keep the roads safe for those of us who are responsible.

ohhyaa: Posted: August 29, 2014 11:10 a.m.

Drinking and driving 'ought to be a constitutional right but eating a burrito, now that's a whole different ball game. Wouldn't want to commit one of those seven "deadly" sins, like gluttony or envy.

CaptGene: Posted: August 29, 2014 12:24 p.m.

Secondhand smoke causes 7,333 annual deaths from lung cancer.
Secondhand smoke causes 33,951 annual deaths from heart disease.

Four times as many people die from secondhand smoke than die from DUI, how long before we start erecting checkpoints in order to "raise awareness" on that one?

17trillion: Posted: August 29, 2014 12:50 p.m.

"Secondhand smoke causes 7,333 annual deaths from lung cancer.
Secondhand smoke causes 33,951 annual deaths from heart disease."

If something sounds to ridiculous to be true, it usually is.

Bobs: Posted: August 29, 2014 1:35 p.m.

LOL ohhyaa! Thank you

CaptGene: Posted: August 29, 2014 2:26 p.m.

17T, I don't believe the stats whether they are secondhand smoke or DUI deaths, I'm pointing out the stupidity of using DUI deaths as an excuse to stop people without probable cause in order to "raise awareness".

If the idea is to save lives, why wouldn't they want to go after a bigger killer?

The whole thing remains a crock.

AdamTwelve: Posted: August 29, 2014 2:53 p.m.

It's an overtime scam, period.

--edited too much information-- plus all the court appearances to follow, not the easy court time either since DUI lawyers are good, it's just not worth it.

If MADD only knew they'd be mad, legislation should be to make DUI arrests a lot easier to do.

These check points are also inherently unconstitutional, it restricts movement, etc. close to 15 states don't do this and 15 more who make it so difficult for cops to do these checkpoints, that it's just not done. Which leaves mostly all the Democrats states doing 'em, go figure!

DMeyer: Posted: August 29, 2014 3:51 p.m.


Don't fall into the same category as many other posters on this site have, posting wrong information.

It's fine that you don't agree with or like the checkpoints, but don't say they are unconstitutional.

bobforte: Posted: August 29, 2014 5:55 p.m.

Agree DMeyer. Plus past checkpoints in SCV have not yielded too many arrests for DUI.

AdamTwelve: Posted: August 29, 2014 6:21 p.m.


Point taken, bud, but that's why I qualified it with "inherently" and backed that with other states, not too keen on doing these checkpoints.

As for checkpoints, for those really oppose, I say practice your 1st amend. right and post a couple of folks a block or two before with signs that read "Checkpoints Ahead, turn around", with video cams. Thus rendering these OT scams useless.

lovinthebooks: Posted: August 29, 2014 8:50 p.m.

Thanks, LACSD for the checkpoints. If just one drunk driver is taken off the road it is worth it.

stevehw: Posted: August 29, 2014 11:03 p.m.

" If just one drunk driver is taken off the road it is worth it. "

The ends justifies the means, eh?

AdamTwelve: Posted: August 30, 2014 12:41 a.m.


Regular patrol cars have yielded more DUIs and 'no licensias', than checkpoints.

If the powers that be really want to crack down on DUIs, they'd make these arrests easier to make. Presumed drunk should be the legal threshold, mandatory blood test, if refuse or unable due to drunken state, boom, there goes their defense.

Make drunk driving a black and white issue, by making blood tests mandatory. They have blood testers now that don't allow for questioning how the blood was taken or how the sample was stored because the test and result is right then and there.

Get rid of the field sobriety test, officer safety and just gives the DUI lawyers more leverage, focus should be to take DUI lawyers out of the picture, make these arrests easy.

That's the answer right there, not checkpoints.

AdamTwelve: Posted: August 30, 2014 12:43 a.m.

And automatic deportation for "no licensias".

stevehw: Posted: August 30, 2014 12:57 a.m.

Lyons and Railroad.

stevehw: Posted: August 30, 2014 1:00 a.m.

"Presumed drunk should be the legal threshold"

You mean, something like "probable cause?" I don't know what "presumed" means under the Constitution. Someone is "presumed" drunk unless they can prove otherwise? Sorta stands the American system of justice on its head, doesn't it?

stevehw: Posted: August 30, 2014 1:02 a.m.

Also, potentially Bouquet northbound approaching Plum.

stevehw: Posted: August 30, 2014 1:13 a.m.

"Get rid of the field sobriety test, officer safety and just gives the DUI lawyers more leverage, focus should be to take DUI lawyers out of the picture, make these arrests easy."

You're not required to take a FST, and refusal to take one doesn't constitute any sort of reasonable suspicion. In fact, most lawyers will tell you NOT to take an FST as it just gives the cops MORE reason to arrest you. Duh.

Take lawyers "out of the equation", eh? Quite a vision of a judicial system you have there, Mr.-60s-cop-show. Going to quote Shakespeare about killing all the lawyers next? Funny, I thought everyone was entitled to representation by counsel when charged with a crime, but hey...that's SO 1776, isn't it?

DMeyer: Posted: August 30, 2014 1:22 a.m.

Shakespeare was right.

stevehw: Posted: August 30, 2014 1:34 a.m.

Yes, he was. You may wish to read what he actually wrote in Henry VI.

stevehw: Posted: August 30, 2014 1:45 a.m.

Yep...two of 'em tonight. Lyons and Railroad, and Bouquet northbound before Plum.

Lots of overtime pay for the cops.

AdamTwelve: Posted: August 30, 2014 1:56 a.m.


1. Presumed drunk is like presumed speed. You go over a limit and you are drunk period, blood test seals the deal.

2. The drunk driver's not required to do anything. Throw away the FST as you said, not really amounts to much--that goes for breath tests too. Make the blood test mandatory.

3. Take the DUI lawyers out of the equation by lowering the threshold for establishing drunkenness. That's all it is, by allowing deal sealers like the field blood tests out in the field.

Lastly, driving isn't a right, it's a privilege, so 1 DUI no driving for 10 yrs. Take the bus.

AdamTwelve: Posted: August 30, 2014 2:22 a.m.

I agree with MADD that it is a problem, but the way we are treating it says otherwise.

ricketzz: Posted: August 30, 2014 9:32 a.m.

I have never been able to walk heel-to-toe without losing my balance. If I hold one leg up I fall over. I am a spazz. Cops always think I'm on something. I am going to get "dweeb" tattooed on my forehead.t

The city says it wants to be more artist-friendly and then employs Gestapo tactics to keep everybody uptight. What's not happening?

bobforte: Posted: August 30, 2014 10:00 a.m.

"They have blood testers now that don't allow for questioning how the blood was taken or how the sample was stored because the test and result is right then and there. " Source???

AdamTwelve: Posted: August 30, 2014 12:50 p.m.


I don't really understand your question--source for what? So just state your disputation or counter-claim and we'll have another epic debate. I can't read your mind, nor make your point for you.

For now it's off the beach til Tuesday, I don't think there'll be WiFi so you'll have to wait til then.

Happy Labor Day everyone.

SReilly12: Posted: August 30, 2014 5:38 p.m.

ricketzz - News Flash! LE does not stand alone in thinking you are on something and none of us have seen you try to walk heel to toe or lift your leg.......

bobforte: Posted: August 30, 2014 7:03 p.m.

Adam + twelve: What are blood testers that give a result right away? Sorry, I had to put it in plain simple English.

You can take longer than Tuesday also if you want. The boards have been nice without you.

bobforte: Posted: August 31, 2014 10:28 a.m.

Bottom line is you know such thing exists because officers are not going to draw blood in the field or at the station.

Maybe you have seen it on CSI where people get the misconception that a lot of the stuff they see there actually happens that quick before the next commercial.

AdamTwelve: Posted: September 2, 2014 12:16 a.m.


1. They're testing out a contraption now that's very similar to diabetes blood testing strips, simple poke to the finger and the blood/alcohol is read. Since I have a day job, and not really some traffic bozo, not sure as to the name or maker of said device.

2. As for drawing blood, before this weekend the web was inundated with stories of police departments from various states setting up "no refusal DUI blood drawn" checkpoints. And you know much of counties and local agencies collect their blood from DUIs, even if by force.

3. So basically, you're only contention here is the certification of the guy drawing blood, once the device in the above mentioned becomes widely available, there will be no need for the "certified" guy that draws blood via syringe.

But remember the device notwithstanding, that "certified" blood drawer(s) and machines that read the blood, depending on agency, can either be mobile or at station. But more importantly, no I did not see it on CSI.

So, yes a lot of the blood alcohol count can be read like CSI, maybe not before the next commercial but certainly before the show's over.

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