My News LA reported recently that fourteen people were arrested or cited as the result of a DUI checkpoint held by deputies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office in the Lancaster area on the evening of Saturday, May 15, 2021.
According to a news release issued by officials with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office, the incident took place from 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 14, 2021 and 2:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST) on Saturday, May 15, 2021 north of the intersection of Sierra Highway and Lancaster Boulevard in the Lancaster area of Los Angeles County. Three people were arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or other intoxicants while eleven others were arrested and/or cited for operating a vehicle without a driver’s license, or with a suspended or revoked license.
A total of 490 vehicles were stopped at the checkpoint and screamed for possible intoxication. Funding was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and ultimately from taxes collected from the public. Observers questioned whether three allegedly DUI drivers were worth the massive tax expense involved in deploying so many officers out onto the streets for checkpoints.