LANCASTER — As half of a bigger effort to enhance visitors security, the Lancaster Sheriff Station will maintain a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint Friday someplace inside metropolis limits.
The checkpoint will function from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. at an undisclosed location.
“Lancaster has seen a horrible enhance in visitors fatalities final 12 months,” Lancaster station visitors Sgt. Michael Politano mentioned, and checkpoints reminiscent of Friday’s are one technique of combating that by serving to to forestall folks from driving below the affect within the first place, and hopefully catching them in the event that they do.
The checkpoint will not be meant to essentially arrest folks, however present a reminder and incentive for folks to have somebody sober drive them in the event that they’ve been imbibing.
Additionally it is a reminder to the general public that driving below the affect will not be strictly as a result of alcohol, but in addition to some over-the-counter and prescription drugs that will intrude with driving.
Drivers charged with a first-time DUI face $13,500 in fines and penalties, in addition to a suspended license, in keeping with the Los Angeles County Sheriff Division.
Checkpoint areas are chosen based mostly on plenty of elements, together with the place there was numerous DUI-related collisions, Politano mentioned.
Different elements embrace the visitors move at a location, ample area to tug drivers over as vital, security for the deputies and drivers, lighting and never inconveniencing companies, he mentioned.
Politano works to make sure that most of the people is inconvenienced as little as potential by checkpoints, aiming to maintain the delay to law-abiding drivers at 5 minutes or much less.
“I believe most individuals would sacrifice perhaps three minutes of their time to discourage drunk driving,” Politano mentioned.
The checkpoint is only one instrument the Sheriff’s Division, along with the California Freeway Patrol, is utilizing to extend visitors security in gentle of rising visitors fatalities.
There have been 29 visitors fatalities in Lancaster alone final 12 months, Politano mentioned.
A Visitors Job Drive shaped with the Lancaster and Palmdale Sheriff stations and the Antelope Valley CHP workplace is utilizing a wide range of strategies to forestall visitors fatalities, particularly as a result of dashing.
This consists of such efforts as saturation patrols, focused efforts just like the geared toward road racing final weekend in Palmdale and pace enforcement operations.
“We’re actually attempting to do the perfect we are able to when it comes to slowing folks down,” Politano mentioned. “For probably the most half, pace is instantly associated to harm.”
These Job Drive operations are geared toward being extra proactive measures, as visitors officers are fairly busy responding to the 200 to 250 crashes every month, he mentioned.