You drink, you drive, you go to jail. The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station is conducting a D.U.I checkpoint on Railroad Avenue just north of Oak Ridge Drive in Santa Clarita tonight, Friday, March 11, 2011. They started at approximately 8:00 p.m. with nearly 20 deputies funneling all northbound traffic into one lane where the drivers had to pass through three preliminary checkpoints before getting to the final checkpoint. If the drivers had a valid drivers license and were not under the influence of any drugs or alcohol they were free to move on and continue with their evening.
Those suspected of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol were not so lucky however. Whether the driver was detained for no license, a suspended license or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they won themselves a free ride to the Santa Clarita Valley’s jail, and their car impounded for 30 days, which typically leads to enormous storage fees to get your vehicle out of impound once the 30 days is up.
Santa Clarita Sheriff Station Sgt. Richard Cohen said the increase in D.U.I. and suspended licenses checkpoint were made possible by a 1.1 million grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety and typically conduct one D.U.I. checkpoint a month. Sgt. Cohen isn’t only interested in removing dangerous drivers from the roadways, “educating the public of the hazards of drunk driving and removing impaired drivers off the road,” Sgt. Cohen said, “the community wants to know what we are doing about this problem of drunk driving, so we like to get out and show the community that we do care take the problem very seriously.”
The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station will be continuing these spot checks to deliver a stern message to the people driving down our streets. If you drive drunk in Santa Clarita, you will get caught and you will go to jail. For the law abiding residents in Santa Clarita, they get the safety and security that comes with knowing our local law
enforcement agency is out there playing an active role in making our valley once of the safest places to live in the country to live.
Northbound traffic on Railroad Avenue will be reduced to one lane until around 12:00a.m. Two motorcycle officers parked off to the side on Oak Ridge Drive waiting to intercept any vehicles which appear to be taking an alternate route in order to avoid detection by the D.U.I. checkpoint. With all of their bases covered, several impaired drivers were being removed from the road and placed in jail. Sgt. Cohen said, “if we could just save one life tonight it will all be worth it.”