There will be a scheduled DUI checkpoint tonight, Friday September 13th in Santa Clarita, according to the SCV Sheriff’s Station.
As usual, the location has yet to be disclosed, but the hours of operation are going to be between 6:00 pm on Friday, September 13 and 2:00 am on Saturday, September 14. Alerting the community to scheduled stops helps to deter those who may choose to drive under the influence from doing so.
Keeping the exact location a secret ensures that those who choose to do so anyways stand a good chance of being caught. Stops like this are pretty much always put in high traffic areas in order to do the most good.
Along with searching for those who are driving under the influence, the SCV Sheriff’s Station deputies will also be checking driver’s licenses to ensure that nobody is driving on a suspended license, or is unlicensed altogether.
In Los Angeles County, 730 people were killed in alcohol-related collisions in 2012 alone. In the past 3 years, there have been 212 drunk driving wrecks in the Santa Clarita Valley alone. Luckily, not all of those collisions resulted in the death of one or more individuals.
Drunk driving, or driving while under the influence of drugs is a serious crime and comes with serious penalties. Simply being caught driving under the influence can result in the installation of breath-analyzing locks on one’s car ignition, DUI classes, possible jail time and even the loss of driving privileges altogether.
This latest DUI stop comes on the heels of the Labor Day weekend DUI checkpoint. There will undoubtedly be others in the future as the SCV Sheriff’s Station deputies maintain their vigilant watch over the safety of the community.