LANCASTER – No one was arrested for driving under the influence, but 12 drivers were arrested for other violations at a DUI/ driver’s license checkpoint in Lancaster Friday, authorities said.
Personnel from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Lancaster Station conducted the checkpoint from 6 p.m. Friday, March 6, to 2 a.m. Saturday, March 7, at Avenue K and 32th Street West, according to Detective Michael V. Politano of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.
The results from the checkpoint are as follows:
* 628 vehicles traveled through the checkpoint.
* 628 drivers were checked at the checkpoint.
* 17 drivers were given field sobriety tests.
* No dui suspects were arrested.
* 6 suspended license drivers were arrested and sent to court.
* 4 unlicensed drivers were arrested and sent to court.
* 2 suspects were arrested for failing to have a DUI Ignition Interlock Device (IID).
* 6 vehicles were impounded for 30 days.
* 4 vehicles were released per checkpoint release procedures.
DUI/driver’s license checkpoints have been shown to lower DUI deaths and injuries, according to Politano. A major component of these checkpoints is the deterrent effects it has on those who might drive drunk or drugged impaired, bringing about more awareness and encouraging everyone to use sober designated drivers, he stated.
Funding for these operations is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.