Many citations, no DUI arrests at Lancaster checkpoint

DUILANCASTER – Nearly two dozen drivers were given field sobriety tests, but none of them were arrested for driving under the influence at a checkpoint in Lancaster Friday night (11/15) and early Saturday morning, authorities said.

The checkpoint was conducted from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. in the westbound lanes of West Avenue J, at Genoa Avenue in Lancaster, according to Sgt. Dave Jennings of the Lancaster Sherriff Station.

The results of that DUI checkpoint are as follows.

* 840 vehicles screened.

* 21 drivers given Field Sobriety Tests, no arrests.

* 17 drivers cited for being unlicensed.

* Eight drivers cited for driving on a suspended license.

* One driver cited for driving without an ignition interlock device.

* 12 cars impounded.

* Four cars stored.

* Nine cars released to properly licensed drivers.

Funding for the checkpoint was provided to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety.

  6 comments for “Many citations, no DUI arrests at Lancaster checkpoint

  1. Lee
    November 21, 2013 at 9:16 am

    An absolute waste of time and manpower. “Papers please!” Sound familiar. Police state with a militarized law enforcement, yet at the same time, hundreds of cold cases go untouched. Hundreds of rape kits waiting for investigation. Felonies committed throughout the entire city daily, yet, let’s stop over 800 cars, $20k+ of money, and arrest nobody?

    Resources could be used in more productive areas of law enforcement, not revenue generating gestapo roadblocks. This is how law enforcement alienates itself from ordinary citizens, including the family of stated. How about some real crime fighting?

    Bottom line: Nobody arrested, money spent, officers in one area looking at cars instead of crime prevention.

  2. d
    November 21, 2013 at 3:50 am

    Interlock device Is for first offender.

  3. I've seen it all
    November 20, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    “Ignition Interlock Device” is court ordered to Habitual DUI Offenders. Installed properly, you must blow into the device prior to starting ur car or it won’t start.

    As for the checkpoints, there worthless. They should be from 10pm to 4am with all of those deputies out looking for dui’s. Everyone knows where the checkpoints are as witnessed by the last 10 of them. Less than 10 dui arrests. Granted, we’re not paying for them. They always are funded by MADD, FEDERAL GRANTS, & NTSA.

    I work at the mall on weekend nights and watch dozens of drivers leave HAMMERED! I’ve even seen a few ooopppss in the parking lot. But lets set up a checkpoint across town. People say its unfair for police to sit outside the bars to catch drunks. What a crock of sh*t! No one made you get in the car drunk. That’s just CRIMINAL PROFILING!

  4. Concerned Driver
    November 19, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    So from dinner time until closing time for bars.

    Why don’t they start a bit later and continue after the drunks leave the bars?

  5. Eric
    November 19, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    “One driver cited for driving without an ignition interlock device”

    You should have clarified what this is for readers unfamiliar with it. I nearly mouthed off something stupid before I decided to Google the term and found out its the device they give out for the DUIs.

    • j
      November 20, 2013 at 10:53 am

      Congratulations sir you did something that most people don’t do… Thinking before you speak! As well as doing research on the subject before voicing an ignorant opinion. Good job

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