On Friday (June 28), deputies from the Lancaster Station Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint, between the hours of 6 p.m. and 2 a.m. at an undisclosed location in Lancaster.
On Saturday (June 29), the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI Checkpoint between the hours of 6 p.m. and 2 a.m. at an undisclosed location within the Palmdale city limits.
At both DUI checkpoints, officers will be contacting drivers passing through 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.
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. Research shows that crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough.
Based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests, DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public.
Funding for the checkpoints is provided to the Lancaster and Palmdale Sheriff’s Stations by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.