A DUI Checkpoint, which will be conducted by the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies is planned for Friday, Dec. 19.
Sheriff’s deputies will be hosting the checkpoint at an undisclosed location, between the hours of 6 p.m. and 2 p.m. and inside the limits of the city of Santa Clarita.
Anyone driving who is caught impaired should expect a DUI arrest including time in jail, fees, fines, DUI classes among others that can exceed $10,000, according to the news release.
“We often get calls from people who have been arrested as a result of these checkpoints,” said Inessa Chavez, vice president of All American Bail Bonds in Santa Clarita. “I would rather get less calls and have more people safe.”
DUI crimes led to 802 deaths in 2012 in California because a designated, sober driver was failed to be appointed, according to the SCV Sheriff’s news release. Around the nation, the latest data shows as many as 10,000 people were killed by an impaired driver. Sheriff’s Station deputies will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment at the checkpoint.
“Over the course of the past three years in the contract cities policed by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, DUI collisions have claimed 33 lives and resulted in 898 injury crashes harming 1330 of our friends and neighbors,” said Sgt. Daniel A. Dail of Traffic Services Detail.
Thirty percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems, according to the news release. Active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving than did for alcohol. Marijuana was the most prevalent of the drugs, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol.
“Please drive safely, designate a driver, know your limit,” Chavez said. “Our valley’s Sheriff’s deputies are some of the best and we appreciate everything they do for our valley.”
Funding for checkpoints 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 ‘Report Drunk Driver – Call 9-1-1, according to the news release.
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