ANTELOPE VALLEY – The California High Patrol will be cracking down on impaired and unlicensed drivers in the Antelope Valley Friday.
“All drivers who are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs can expect to be arrested and can count on spending the night in jail,” said Steve Urrea, commander of CHP’s Antelope Valley area. “Unlicensed drivers will have the vehicle they are driving impounded and will have enforcement action taken against them as well.”
According to a press release issued Tuesday, CHP officers will conduct a sobriety/driver license checkpoint on Friday, Dec. 30, 2011, in the Antelope Valley area.
Officers will be equipped with hand-held breath screening devices, which provide an accurate measure of blood alcohol concentration of suspected impaired drivers.
Unlicensed drivers will also be a focus of the checkpoint.
Suspended or revoked drivers are involved in four times more fatal collisions and six times more injury collisions than licensed drivers, making them one of the biggest threats to the motoring public, according to the CHP.
“The sobriety checkpoint will allow our assigned officers to evaluate drivers who drive through the established checkpoint and ensure their sobriety and license status,” said Urrea. “Our Department’s objective is to send a clear message to those considering mixing alcohol and/or drugs with driving or driving unlicensed– the California Highway Patrol will be keeping a watchful eye out for you.”
The checkpoint is funded by grant through the Office of Traffic Safety in Sacramento.