DUI checkpoint in Palmdale Friday

DUI CheckpointPALMDALE –The Palmdale Sheriff’s Station will be conducted a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on Friday, Jan. 24, at an undisclosed location within the city limits, between the hours of 6 p.m. and 2 a.m.

Deputies will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Deputies 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.

In 2011, nearly 10,000 people were killed nationally in motor vehicle traffic crashes that involved at least one driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or higher. In California, this deadly crime led to 774 deaths because someone failed to designate a sober driver. “Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed 49 lives and resulted in 893 injury crashes harming 1,113 of our friends and neighbors,” said Sgt. Joseph Jakl of the Risk Management Bureau.

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.

“Saving lives, reducing injuries, traffic collisions and property damage is important work,” said Sheriff Lee Baca. “Every life is a life worth saving and we will do our utmost to help keep the public safe.”

Funding for the operation is provided to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

  3 comments for “DUI checkpoint in Palmdale Friday

  1. Xavier Flores
    January 30, 2014 at 10:06 am

    The AV Times usually posts the results of on-going DUI check points. Did I miss this one’s or did you not post them?

  2. NRA member
    January 25, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    I am in Florida now, don’t care about AV’s checkpoints anymore, enjoy your liberal democracy folks, I feel sorry for you )))

  3. myob
    January 24, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    What’s up with all the drunk driving LASD in the AV? Apparently, It’s OK for us common folk to have our finances, career, reputation, and everything else ruined because of the “crime” of driving after a couple beers. We got the DUI checkpoints, the cops staking out the bars, the tough on crime mayor. Then, these same cops are hanging at the bar off duty getting their drink on. Seen it all too often around the Antelope Valley. Call it what it is-unethical, hypocritical, and straight up corrupt.

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