DUI checkpoint in Lancaster this weekend

DUI checkpoint

LANCASTER – Deputies from the Lancaster Station Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on Friday (May 24), at an undisclosed location in Lancaster between the hours of 6 p.m. and 2 a.m.

Deputies will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment.  Deputies will also check for proper licensing and will strive to delay motorists only momentarily. 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.

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 the checkpoint is provided to Lancaster Sheriff’s Station by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

(Information via press release from the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.)

  6 comments for “DUI checkpoint in Lancaster this weekend

  1. Nancy P
    May 24, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    I like the idea that it ends at 2 AM so the deputies can fan out and catch drunk drivers all over the community. lol. I hope you have record high arrests!

  2. a. richards
    May 24, 2013 at 10:05 am

    And it is always funny how the press release always tries to justify the cost, how it is paid for…. Who cares…. Do it, it helps get drunks off the road, but just because the NHTSA says it is the best way and cost effective…. with technology, they are missing a large majority of drunk drivers…. they are going off old studies and like all government, they are years behind on how to do something productive……!

  3. a. richards
    May 24, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Don’t they realize they only catch the people that don’t have smartphones and are no connected…. I know of many that avoid these just by Facebook, text alerts and even apps that post them almost immediatly before they are even set up….. the same amount of police officers spread out would be more effective…. but then that would only be if the officers truly stuck to the plan of looking only for DUI’s instead of driving around looking for other things more exciting….

  4. mick
    May 24, 2013 at 8:42 am

    DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE!! Then you won’t have to worry about the checkpoints, duh. I wish there were more of them to be honest. I followed a guy on Elizabeth Lake Road the other day who was obviously impaired. It wasn’t even 11 in the morning, and yes, I called 911.

  5. samuel
    May 23, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    … if you don’t stop for the Soviet style checkpoint, the gun thugs of the Los Angeles County Sheriff get to gun you down, like a dog — asj.

  6. samuel
    May 23, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    … ah! More Soviet style checkpoints for the Antelope Valley, courtesy of the gun thugs of the Los Angeles County Sheriff — asj.

Comments are closed.