PALDMALE – The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will conduct a sobriety and driver’s license checkpoint at an undisclosed location in Palmdale tonight.
The checkpoint will operate from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m, Saturday at a location known for alcohol-related crashes or arrests.
It is aimed at reducing the number of people senselessly killed or injured on local roads by impaired drivers, according to a sheriff’s news release.
Alcohol impaired deaths make up the largest number of vehicle fatalities, with 31 percent of all vehicle fatalities caused by a drunk driver, the release states.
“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.”
By publicizing these enforcement and education efforts, the sheriff’s department and other experts believe motorists can be deterred from drinking and driving.
Traffic volume and weather permitting, all vehicles may be checked, and drivers found to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be arrested and can expect jail time, license suspension, insurance increases and fines, officials said.
The sheriff’s department is warning drivers to plan ahead with these tips:
- Arrange rides home for your friends, family, co-workers and yourself before the drinking begins.
- Identify and provide free non-alcoholic drinks or other promotional items to the “designated Driver”.
- Party hosts and servers must limit drinks to guests or patrons. Don’t serve more than one or two over several hours.
- Cut back on the amount of drinks you plan to bring to the party – and provide plenty of food.