PALMDALE – No one was arrested for driving under the influence, but 5 people were arrested for other violations at a DUI/ driver’s license checkpoint in Palmdale Friday night and early Saturday morning, authorities said.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department conducted the checkpoint from 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 1o, to 2 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, in the westbound lanes of Palmdale Boulevard at 17th Street East, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.
The results of the checkpoint are as follows:
- 962 vehicles were screened.
- 5 drivers were cited/arrested for operating a vehicle unlicensed or with a suspended/revoked license.
DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests. Last year the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department investigated 395 DUI collisions that killed 21 people and injured 590 others. The Sheriff’s Department is reminding drivers that DUI doesn’t just mean booze. Prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, can impair and result in a DUI. Marijuana can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs.
Funding for the operation was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will be conducting additional DUI/driver’s license checkpoints and DUI saturation patrols throughout the year as part of an ongoing commitment to lowering deaths and injuries upon streets and highways.