DUI checkpoints set for Palmdale, Lancaster this weekend

DUI CheckpointLANCASTER/PALMDALE – Two separate DUI Checkpoints will take place this coming weekend in the Antelope Valley.

The Palmdale Sheriff’s Station Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI Checkpoint on Friday, July 26, at an undisclosed location within the city limits, between the hours of 6 p.m. and 2 a.m. 

During that same time period, deputies from the Lancaster Station Traffic Unit will also be conducting a DUI/Drivers License at an undisclosed location in Lancaster.

During both DUI Checkpoints, officers will be contacting drivers 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 five lives and resulted in 106 injury crashes harming 162 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 individuals over the course of the past three years, according to 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 grants from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

  10 comments for “DUI checkpoints set for Palmdale, Lancaster this weekend

  1. July 29, 2013 at 9:56 am

    yes yes yes scotus did rule that they are constitutional but that does not mean it waived ANY of a persons constitutional rights when being stopped. Yes you can stop me but No I don’t have to answer any of your questions. You same people crying over how Mine and another users comments are poo are probably the same people saying that the NDAA and the patriot act are okay to protect your false sense of security.

  2. soapbox journal
    July 27, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    I feel that by posting the locations of DUI check points maybe some drunk driver will say, hey wait I had better take a cab home, its a thought but not at all likely that some one cares enough about them self let alone other people who happen to be walking or driving on the same route as the drunk driver. People who do drugs, drink alcohol or smoke are self-centered egotists who think they are not harming anyone not even. themselves.
    Thank you LASD for trying to halt DUI and under the influence driving, every one counts.

  3. VillageGirl
    July 27, 2013 at 10:05 am

    I’m always a little surprised when I see the negative comments directed at law enforcement efforts regarding DUI Checkpoints. From my perspective, I appreciate the efforts. For me the article says it all, during the last 3 years combining Palmdale & Lancaster statistics 11 people killed, another 195 injury causing crashes related to DUI where 300 more people are harmed!!! I’m guessing the injury category contains everything from a bump on the head to severe injuries such as limbs lost, folks paralyzed, everything except loss of life . . . .who knows exactly, but the bottom line for me is if the headlines were to say “Gang members committed 11 homicides in the last 3 years resulting from 195 incidents that further injured 300 people” The good residents of the AV would be “up in arms” (so to speak) demanding that law enforcement address these horrifying statistics. How is so very different when the Sheriff’s Dept.is trying to address folks driving a large machine under the influence of drugs or alcohol, which can easily become a killing machine. I realize this is a very broad parallel, my point is that every person who makes the choice to drive while under the influence runs the risk of becoming a “killer” a possible a “killer” of me, my family, friends and everyone else who lives here. I say, keep up the good work Sheriff’s Department, I only hope that knowing there are frequent DUI checkpoints that it will be enough to make some think twice about getting behind the wheel when they shouldn’t.

    • aa
      July 27, 2013 at 10:58 am

      I totally agree with you! I don’t understand when people like the one below comment wow they sure are bored, or in other cases, don’t they have anything else to do. As long as they are keeping drunk drivers off the roads that could harm me or my children while we’re on the roads or any other innocent person, than they are doing their job. When law enforcement is enforcing the law some people still have something negative to say. Whether they are doing good or bad people always have unecessary to say. What a shame.

  4. lilmama
    July 26, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    wow the sheriffs department are sure bored with nothing to do except [removed] with people!!!! they are not here to serve and protect us thats for sure!

    • AVGirl
      July 27, 2013 at 8:36 am

      I guess if getting people of the roads who shouldn’t be there is doing nothing, I guess you are right.

    • aa
      July 27, 2013 at 11:00 am

      By taking measures to try to catch drunk drivers and keep them off roads where people can be hurt or killed by them, I have to disagree with you and say they are protecting and serving us.

  5. LL
    July 26, 2013 at 6:35 am

    Papers. . . Papers. . . Nazi Germany!

    • AVGirl
      July 26, 2013 at 10:09 am

      Not even close. If my great grandmother were still alive I would have her tell you exactly what it was like.

      Besides you do realize that by law they have to post where and when the checkpoints are? You don’t like them, find out where they are and just avoid them. SCOTUS has repeatedly affirmed that they are legal.

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