SANTA FE SPRINGS — Police plan to screen drivers for sobriety and valid licenses during a Santa Fe Springs checkpoint Friday night, officials said.
The checkpoint is to be held from 7:30 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday at an undisclosed location within the city, Whittier police Sgt. Rob Hanson said in a written statement. The Whittier Police Department provides police services to the City of Santa Fe Springs.
“Over the course of the past three years in the cities of Whittier and Santa Fe Springs, DUI collisions have claimed four lives and resulted in 119 injury crashes harming 167 of our friends and neighbors,” Hanson said.
Well publicized and routine DUI checkpoints, combined with “proactive DUI patrols,” have been linked to decreases of as much as 20 percent in crashes involving drunken or drug-impaired drivers, the sergeant said.
Funding for Friday’s checkpoint is being provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Anyone who sees an impaired driver on the road is urged to report it by calling 9-1-1.