Over the weekend I used to be driving in Simi Valley and got here throughout a police DUI and license checkpoint. Though it appeared like a minor inconvenience on the time, it solely took me 5-10 minutes to achieve the entrance of the road the place I used to be greeted by an officer who spoke to me politely, which I reciprocated, then left me on my merry means.
After passing the checkpoint and arriving at my vacation spot, I puzzled why the checkpoint had been there. Latest information exhibits that First Road has develop into one thing of a scorching spot for accidents the place a driver was beneath the affect and subsequently resulted within the placement of the checkpoint on the principle highway. I stored digging deeper and seeing that individuals would publish on Fb or in group chats / boards or different types of social media the place this checkpoint was and I believed it was going to be there. ‘defeats the aim of the checkpoint.
For my part, we must always have extra police checkpoints on weekends and weekdays when there are vital occasions the place individuals are extra more likely to devour alcohol or use illicit substances to extend police pedestrian site visitors. In flip, it will deter people from getting behind the wheel of their car. The draw back of somebody ready 5-10 minutes on-line is price it if even a single life may be saved. It’s by no means price driving drunk or another substance. Take an Uber or Lyft. Name a member of the family, relative or pal who can get you the place it’s essential to go. It simply takes one mistake or one mistaken resolution that may eternally have an effect on tons of lives.
Edris Hashemyar, Simi Valley
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