Escondido, CA

DUI Checkpoint Results Dec. 15

The Escondido Police Department Traffic Unit conducted a DUI/Driver’s License checkpoint on December 15, 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/Driver’s 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 the opportunity to locate the registered owner of the vehicle to either take or assign possession of the vehicle to a licensed driver. 9 vehicles were released to the owner or a designated driver. During the checkpoint, 2 vehicles were impounded

Following are additional results from this event:
 1721 vehicles drove through the checkpoint.
 971 vehicles were screened in primary.
 46 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)
 16 total citations were issued during the checkpoint. (4 for
suspended license and 12 for unlicensed driver, 7 for no
 3 Field sobriety tests
 1 Arrest for driving under the influence of a combination of drugs
and alcohol
 DUI educational material was di stributed during the checkpoint

Drivers are encouraged to download the Designated Driver VIP, or “DDVIP,” free mobile app for Android or iPhone. The DDVIP app helps find nearby bars and restaurants that feature free incentives for the designated sober driver, from free non-alcoholic drinks to free appetizers and more. The feature-packed app even has social media tie-ins and even a tab for the non-DD to call Uber, Lyft or Curb.

Studies of California drivers have shown that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems. A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent). Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol.

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspension and other expenses that can exceed $10 ,000 not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out.

The Escondido Police Department will be conducting additional DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoints on an ongoing basis. The department is committed to lowering deaths and injuries upon our streets and highways.

The checkpoint was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to ‘Report Drunk Driver –
Call 9-1-1’.I’ll

One response to “DUI Checkpoint Results Dec. 15”

  1. Ray Carney says:

    Seems the law is not being followed. The SCOTUS set guidelines for drive thru justice decades ago. They specified the random number checked (violated). Posting in a paper of general circulation. Posting or notifications prior to the checkpoint and the biggest of all, sobriety only. Seems cities, counties and the state feels $$$ is more important than your rights not to be molested if you did not break the law. I am a huge supporter of getting these drunks off the road but do it legally. California has drunks, Marley’s now once again, illegal aliens, the cause of the Carnage of the 80’s and early 90’s. If I didn’t have to drive in California, I’d tell Brown to shove it and get a bike or move elsewhere.

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