LANCASTER/PALMDALE – Two separate DUI Checkpoints will be conducted in the Antelope Valley this coming weekend.
Deputies from the Lancaster Station Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint at an undisclosed location in Lancaster on Friday (April 26) between the hours of 6 p.m. and 2 a.m.
During that same time period, deputies from the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI Checkpoint at an undisclosed within the Palmdale city limits.
During both DUI Checkpoints, officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol or drug impairment. Officers 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.
“Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed four lives and resulted in 107 injury crashes harming 171 of our friends and neighbors,” said Sgt. Dave Jennings of the Lancaster Station Traffic Detail.
In Palmdale, DUI collisions have claimed six lives and resulted in 89 injury crashes harming 138 people, according Palmdale Sheriff’s Station traffic unit Sergeant Mark Johnston.
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. Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public.
Funding for both checkpoints is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, targeting those who still don’t heed the message to designate a sober driver.