DUI checkpoints in Lancaster, Palmdale this weekend

DUI checkpointLANCASTER/ PALMDALE – DUI Checkpoints will be conducted at two separate locations in the Antelope Valley this weekend.

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.

  8 comments for “DUI checkpoints in Lancaster, Palmdale this weekend

  1. June 28, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    Why is Avenue I, from 15 St. East up to the dairy is closed. There are a lot of police. It appears to be in one of the mobile home parks. All cars are parking on the side streets and on the empty dirt lot. The road is not completely closed when there is a DUI checkpoint. Hope no one was murdered.

    • Unknown
      June 28, 2013 at 10:37 pm

      Yes someone was killed right there. It so sad cant even walk down the street and be safe.

  2. Bella LaBam
    June 28, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    It’s located on Avenue I between Sierra Hwy and 3rd street East.
    I am against drunk driving, but there are people that do not have license and loose everything because they ran into one of these traps. It’s suppose to be designed to keep drunk drivers off the road, but it’s really just a cover up to invade peoples privacy. If they’re not intoxicated then i dont see why peoples cars and freedome are being taken for a DUI CHECKPOINT.

    • Alex Martinez
      June 28, 2013 at 9:37 pm

      Thank you, yes it’s true I say the same thing. They should put the D.U.I check points near the bars or clubs.

      • Uncle Tom
        June 28, 2013 at 10:13 pm

        Yes, because that’s the ONLY place people drink right? I’d take a wager that more people drink at private residences/parties than at bars or clubs.

        • Scott Pelka
          June 28, 2013 at 10:25 pm

          Put it on Lancaster blvd at both 10 west and sierra hwy.

    • sikntired
      June 28, 2013 at 11:25 pm

      Guess what Bella, driving without a license is ILLEGAL.
      There is no privacy involved. Driving is a privelege,not a right.

      • CaliGirl
        July 4, 2013 at 3:30 am

        You do not have to have a license, not if you apply to be a sovereign citizen, when you register your vehicle, basically you give ownership to the gov, before you respond, please, do a web search, you will be amazed what you find.

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