(Victor Valley) – Tonight the California Highway Patrol will be conducting a Sobriety/Driver’s License Checkpoint. The exact location will be announced at a later date and time.
The primary objective of any Sobriety/Driver’s License Checkpoint is to ensure the safe passage of each and every motorist on the highways by targeting roads where there is a high frequency of drunk driving related accidents and/or prior arrests. Several local residents and visitors of our local communities are needlessly injured or killed as a result of drunk driving related accidents. A Sobriety/Driver’s License Checkpoint is an effective and proven tool to deter drunk driving and remove unlicensed drivers from local highways. They also help raise public awareness of these most important driver safety issues while augmenting regular patrol operations.
The Checkpoint will be staffed by uniformed officers from the CHP who are trained in detecting alcohol or drug impaired drivers. Officers will also be equipped with hand held, blood alcohol testing devices, which provide an accurate measure of blood alcohol concentration of suspected drunk drivers.
Traffic permitting, all drivers will be screened as they pass through the Checkpoint. Those drivers that have been drinking or exhibit signs of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be detained for further evaluation and field testing. Drivers who are determined to be under the influence will be physically arrested and their vehicles towed away. Any suspended or unlicensed driver passing through the checkpoint will be cited and their vehicles impounded.