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36 Arrested - #LASD DUI/CDL Checkpoint, Palmdale, Fri. Feb 3, 2017, Traffic Services Detail

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Traffic Services Detail conducted a DUI/Driver’s License checkpoint on Friday, March 3, 2017, at the westbound lanes of Palmdale Blvd at 17th Street East between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m.

Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public. 
 
DUI/Driver’s License checkpoints have been shown to lower DUI deaths and injuries.  A major component of these checkpoints are 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.
 
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent.  Ninety Percent of California drivers approve of checkpoints.
 
1270 - Vehicles Screened
1 - DUI-Drug impaired suspect arrested
1 - Arrested for operating a motor vehicle without an Ignition Interlock Device
34 - Drivers cited/arrested for operating a vehicle unlicensed or while suspended/revoked
36 - Citations issued
28 - Vehicles released per DUI/CDL checkpoint release procedures
 
Law Enforcement emphasizes the preventable nature of drunk driving reminding everyone that all it takes is a little planning ahead. Designate a sober driver or call a cab. But whatever you do, don’t drink and drive.

The California Office of Traffic Safety DDVIP (Designated Driver VIP) mobile app is now available for free download on iOS and Android devices. Launched last year, the new DDVIP app offers enhanced features, allowing users to “Map a Spot” with their current location to find DDVIP partnering establishments in their area or a “List of Spots” to search all participating bars and restaurants throughout California. Users will be offered free incentives at each bar to celebrate their life saving role.  They can stay up-to-date with the latest from DDVIP and see what other users are saying via its social tab. Also through the app, for those who want to imbibe but also make it a point to plan ahead, users can easily order a sober ride from Uber, Lyft or Curb – all from one screen.
 
Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000 not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will be conducting other DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoints in the future in our ongoing commitment to lowering deaths and injuries upon our streets and highways.

The checkpoint was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to ‘Report Drunk Driver – Call 9-1 1'.
 

AS A DRIVER, PLAN AHEAD WITH THESE TIPS:
 
Arrange rides home for your friends, family, co-workers and yourself before the drinking begins

Identify and provide free non-alcoholic drinks or other promotional items to the Designated Driver

Party hosts and servers must limit drinks to your guests or patrons. Don’t serve more than one or two over several hours.

Cut back on the amount of drinks you plan to bring to the party – and provide plenty of food.

MEDIA NOTES: To schedule an interview regarding the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Traffic Safety Operations, please contact Sergeant Robert L. Hill at 323-890-5400 or via email at [email protected].
 
Coordinated by:
Eduardo Saucedo
Palmdale Station
661-272-2400 
Sergeant Robert L. Hill
Traffic Services Detail
Risk Management Bureau
Professional Standards Division
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
www.lasd.org
 
Forwarded by:
Juanita Navarro-Suarez, Deputy
@LASDJuanita
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