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, and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.
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.
CHP to conduct Sobriety, Drivers’ License Checkpoint at AV location
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) will conduct a driving under the influence (DUI) and driver license safety checkpoint on May 24, 2014, at an undisclosed location in the Antelope Valley.
“All too often, members of our community are senselessly injured or killed on our local roadways by intoxicated or unlicensed drivers,” said Captain Gretchen Jacobs, CHP Antelope Valley Area Commander.
The goal is to ensure the safe passage of each and every motorist by targeting roads where there is a high frequency of intoxicated or unlicensed drivers. A sobriety/driver license checkpoint is a proven effective tool for achieving this goal, and is designed to augment existing patrol operations.
Captain Jacobs emphasized, “traffic volume permitting, all vehicles will be checked for drivers who are under the influence of alcohol and or drugs, or driving unlicensed. Our objective is to send a clear message to those individuals who consider driving and mixing alcohol or drugs, or those who drive when unlicensed, that you will be caught and your vehicle will be towed.”
Funding for this program is provided from a grant by the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.