No DUI arrests, 14 impounds at Lancaster checkpoint

DUILANCASTER – Deputies administered 16 sobriety tests and issued dozens of citations, but did not arrest anyone for drunk driving at a Lancaster Sheriff’s Station sobriety checkpoint Friday night and early Saturday morning.

The operation was conducted from 6 p.m., Friday, Aug. 30 to 2 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 31 in the southbound lanes of Sierra Highway at Avenue L-4 in Lancaster.

The results of the checkpoint are as follows:

* 906 vehicles driven through the checkpoint.

* 30 drivers waived through because of traffic congestion.

* 876 drivers screened while in their vehicles.

* 26 citations/arrests for suspended, revoked, or no driver’s license.

* 11 citations issued for miscellaneous traffic violations in and around the checkpoint.

* 16 drivers required to perform field sobriety tests.

* No arrests for DUI and associated B.A.

* Two arrests for misdemeanor warrants.

* One arrest for allowing an unlicensed driver to drive.

* One arrest for possession of a deadly weapon.

* 14 vehicles stored or impounded.

The checkpoint was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

  17 comments for “No DUI arrests, 14 impounds at Lancaster checkpoint

  1. Yo Mama
    September 3, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Driving is a priviledge in this country, Bright Guy. It’s NOT a Joe-given right. Which also means THERE’S RULES! If ya break em, you pay for it. If you happen to be an ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT in this country, and are caught driving, first you’re told how stupid you are, then you go bye, bye.

    Step away from the crack pipe, Homey. You still sound like a fool.

  2. Maria
    September 2, 2013 at 2:29 am

    Break the law (no matter what it may be), pay the consequences!!! I don’t care if you’re illegal or not!!! Simple as that!!!!!!!!

    • Dudettemama
      September 2, 2013 at 2:35 am

      AMEN to that! People (whether legal or not, no matter if they’re black, brown, white, yellow, green or any other color) need to be held responsible for their actions!

  3. mike
    September 1, 2013 at 8:17 am

    i dont buy the premise that theyare targeting illegals. second, i googled uninsured motorst percentage and the la times estimated that 18% of drivers were uninsured in 2007. c’mon, thats total crap. get insurance or don’t drive. uninsured motorists are victimizers not the victims.

  4. David Schwed
    August 31, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    This is how cities steal vehicles from undocumented people. It has nothing to do with safety and everything to do with preying on people who can’t defend themselves.

    • rik
      September 1, 2013 at 8:14 am

      You’re Right !!!!

    • Palmdale_Steve
      September 1, 2013 at 8:40 am

      Questions for you David

      Is undocumented people anything like Illegal Aliens?

      Is driving a car on public streets a right, or is a privilege subject to laws and regulations? Like having a drivers license, registration and insurance?

      Oh my.

      • David Schwed
        September 2, 2013 at 4:56 am

        So, if you don’t buy earthquake insurance on your home should they take your home. Hunt or fish without a license? Should they take your car, boat guns and fishing equipment. Don’t buy health insurance, lock up your body? It’s not only what sounds reasonable but what is the actual result. We’ve created a situation where people cannot get a drivers license and cannot buy insurance without a drivers license. Now we are taking their cars. By the look of some of these comments some people would also like to lock up the person….at least until this or another unjust law locks up you or one of your loved ones. “When they finally came for me, there was no one left to stand up for me.”

        • David Schwed
          September 2, 2013 at 5:02 am

          And who gets the $$$ ???

        • AVGirl
          September 2, 2013 at 9:19 am

          I hope you never get in an accident with someone without insurance. I carry full coverage with uninsured motorist coverage because of the high percentage of people driving without a license/insurance. That drives rates up for those of us who abide by the law.

          And yes you can get in trouble for fishing and//or hunting without a license. It can carry jail time depending on the situation

          With Obamacare, you will be taxed if you do not have health insurance.

          Driving is a privilege, not a right. If you want to drive, follow the rules. If you can’t or won’t then suffer the consequences, Simple cause and effect.

          I have been in 3 accidents where the other driver was at fault and did not have a license or insurance. Why should I have to suffer because people feel it is their right to break the law?

        • William
          September 2, 2013 at 11:46 am

          Well, I guess you’d be fine riding in a bus with a driver without a license or flying in a commercial airliner with pilot without a license because it’s no big deal.

          More people are killed in car accidents than either of the above so it’s quite reasonable and prudent to make sure everyone is licensed, sober and insured…….to protect the rest of us. If it means taking away their cars or locking them up, it’s perfectly appropriate given the risk that they are.

        • HappyHour
          September 2, 2013 at 12:28 pm

          I am one of many that have just licensed and insured a teenager with a car, yes my insurance rate just tripled. If I want to go fishing I buy a license, this year it was only a two day in June Lake. Earthquake and Flood insurance are solely meant to protect you, auto insurance is not. We as honest law abiding citizens have to abide by the same laws, you are simply saying that we should give more than we are already giving.

    • Uncle Tom
      September 1, 2013 at 8:45 am

      So, somebody breaks the law by driving without a valid licence, and we are supposed to care about whether they are in the country illegally or not? It does not matter WHY they do not have a valid licence, all that matters is they don’t have one and are driving. Driving is a PRIVILEGE, not a RIGHT.

      As a bonus, those who have no licence, can’t get insurance, so that’s another law they have broken. Uninsured drivers cost everybody who pays for insurance more by raising the rates. Uninsured drivers who cause or get into accident, and cause injury also cost the state, and by extension everybody who pays taxes, because you know damn well they will have no problem using medical facilities for their injuries, and or require others to seek out care for injuries caused by them.

      So don’t give me that BS boo hoo ‘they are the real’ victim story. If they lose their vehicle, that’s their own damn fault.

    • AVGirl
      September 1, 2013 at 11:40 am

      Your thought process is a really odd

      You realize they have the right to claim their vehicles once they correct the violation(s)?

      They are breaking the law by driving without a license, insurance or both.

      What if they person was driving because their license had been suspended/revoked because of DUI? Wouldn’t that be a safety issue?

      By all means blame everyone but the person breaking the law.

    • thomad
      September 1, 2013 at 11:43 pm

      You need to educate yourself on the impound laws pertaining to checkpoints.

      • Michael
        September 2, 2013 at 12:21 am

        No I think you do, the laws change i’m sure you are referring to the 30 day holds. NO existent any longer at checkpoints.

    • Michael
      September 2, 2013 at 12:18 am

      Really you just said that, 1. If they were legal to be behind the wheel they would not get their cars impounded 2. they get their cars impounded due to no drivers license See #1 and no insurance. 3. they have/had opportunities to do it right, they chose not to pursue those options therefore they are unknowing and non understanding and drive right into that evil trap attempting to catch dumb SOB F***k Ups driving drunk killing everyones family. Shame on them they should do what they do best keeping the doughnut shops safe for everybody!!! Get Real people this city is being overrun by losers and people that feel the world owes them something for them doing absolutely nothing to help themselves. it is sad! good luck to all of you.

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