The Antelope Valley Press reports that five drivers were cited at a DUI checkpoint held in Lancaster at a checkpoint on Friday.
A spokesperson for the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement that the checkpoint was held on the Sierra Highway near Lancaster Boulevard from 6:00 p.m. on Friday, April 1, to 2:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 2.
Sheriff’s deputies stopped a total of 435 vehicles. Of these, five drivers were issued citations for driving without a license or driving on a suspended or revoked license.
Law enforcement agencies across the state of California select the locations of DUI checkpoints based on data indicating what intersections and roads indicate a history of crashes that involved drug or alcohol intoxication. The primary purpose of the checkpoints is to promote public safety by getting impaired drivers off the road.
In a recent news release, Sgt. Robert Hill with the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Department said,
“Impaired drivers put others on the road at significant risk. Any preventative measures that reduce the number of impaired drivers on our roads significantly improves traffic safety.”
In July of 2021, a DUI checkpoint conducted in Lancaster yielded 18 arrests from the 984 vehicles that were stopped.
On average, drivers who are convicted of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs face a suspended license and fines and penalties of $13,500.