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.)