DUI checkpoints will be conducted in Palmdale and Lancaster this week.
On Thursday, Dec. 18, at an undisclosed location in Palmdale, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Palmdale Station will conduct a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint, between the hours of 5 p.m. and 1 a.m.
On Saturday, Dec. 20, at an undisclosed location in Lancaster, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Lancaster Station will conduct a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint, between the hours of 6 p.m. and 2 a.m.
At both checkpoints, officers will be contacting drivers and checking for signs of alcohol or drug impairment. Officers will also check 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. Recent statistics reveal that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems. A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent). Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol.
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.
Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized DUI checkpoints and proactive DUI patrols are conducted routinely.
DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public.
Funding for these operations is provided to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety.