The Escondido Police Department Traffic Unit conducted a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint on April 8, 2017, at 2nd Avenue and Broadway. Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public.
High Visibility Enforcements, which include DUI/Drivers License checkpoints, have been shown to lower DUI deaths and injuries. A major component of these checkpoints are the deterrent effects it has on those who might drive alcohol or drug impaired, bringing about more awareness and encouraging everyone to use sober designated drivers.
Drivers whose only offense was being unlicensed to drive were given th e opportunity to locate the registered owner of the vehicle to either take or assign possession of the vehicle to a licensed driver. 14 vehicles were released to the owner or a designated driver. During the checkpoint, 4 vehicles were impounded
Following are additional results from this event:
—1447 vehicles drove through the checkpoint.
—939 vehicles were screened in primary.
—44 vehicles were sent to secondary screening (drivers who could not produce a driver’s license or who were suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs)
—23 total citations were issued during the checkpoint. (4 for suspended license and 15 for unlicensed driver, 4 for no insurance)
—2 drivers were cited for having unrestrained children in the car
—4 Field sobriety tests
—1 Arrest for driving under the influence
—DUI educational material was distributed during the checkpoint