The California Highway Patrol will conduct a sobriety and driver’s license checkpoint in the Antelope Valley this Friday, July 31, officials announced Tuesday.
The checkpoint will be staffed by uniformed officers from the CHP who are trained in detecting alcohol and drug impaired drivers. Officers will be equipped with handheld, blood alcohol testing devices, which provide an accurate indication of alcoholic beverage consumption.
Traffic permitting, all drivers will be screened as they pass through the checkpoint. Drivers who exhibit signs of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be detained for further evaluation and field testing. Drivers who are determined to be under the influence will be physically arrested and their vehicles towed away. Any suspended or unlicensed driver passing through the checkpoint will be cited and their vehicles may be impounded.
Statistics show unlicensed drivers are much more likely to become involved in a fatal traffic collision than licensed drivers, according to the CHP. Sobriety/driver’s license checkpoints are effective in deterring motorists from driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and removing unlicensed drivers from local highways, CHP officials said.