On Friday, April 24, the deputies from the Santa Clarita Sheriff Station will be conducting a DUI checkpoint in Santa Clarita. For now, the exact location of the checkpoint has yet to be disclosed, but it will be held from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. somewhere in the SCV. Even though the location has not been revealed, it definitely isn’t arbitrary. Locations are usually selected based on certain statistics, including collisions and previous DUI arrests, as well as the safety of officers and the public.
Checkpoints like this are a useful and valued tool by law enforcement agencies to help reduce alcohol-related crashes. As a matter of fact, research shows that these alcohol or drug-related crashes can be reduced by 20% simply by conducting well-publicized DUI checkpoints from time to time.
Deputies expect the checkpoint to hold up drivers only briefly. The deputies will look for any signs of alcohol-impairment and will check to make sure that each driver possesses a valid California driver’s license. Specially trained deputies will be on-hand to check for instances of drug-impairment, should their skills be needed. Surprisingly, a recent study indicated that more drivers tested positive for drugs than for alcohol, with marijuana being the most prevalent.
Motorists who are caught driving under the influence at this checkpoint, and others like it, will be arrested, possibly have their license suspended or revoked, be subject to over $10,000 in fines and fees, and may face jail time.