Escondido, CA

DUI Checkpoint/Sobriety Enforcement Results

On December 17, 2016 the Escondido Police Department conducted a DUI
Sobriety / Driver’s License Checkpoint in the area of Valley Parkway and
Juniper Street.

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.

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 drunk or drugged
impaired, bringing about more awareness and encouraging everyone to use
sober designated drivers.

According to the National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration (NH
TSA), checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results
of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding
considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent. Ninety Percent of
California drivers approve of checkpoints.

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. 8 vehicles were released
to the owner or a designated driver. During the checkpoint, 8 vehicles
were impounded.

Following are other results from this event:

  •  1347 vehicles drove through the checkpoint.
  •  758 vehicles were screened in primary.

  • 39 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)
  •  22 total citations were issued during the checkpoint. (7 for suspended license an
    d 19 for unlicensed driver, 10 for no insurance.) There were no arrests for DUI.

 Educational material was distributed regarding DUI problems.

Enforcement emphasizes the preventable nature of drunk driving
reminding everyone that all it takes is a little planning ahead.
Designate a sober driver or call a cab. But whatever you do, don’t drink
and drive. The California Office of Traffic Safety DDVIP (Designated
Driver VIP) mobile app is now available for free download on iOS and
Android devices. Launched last year, the new DDVIP app offers enhanced
features, allowing users to “Map a Spot” with their current location to
find DDVIP partnering establishments in their area or a “List of Spots”
to search all participating bars and restaurants throughout California.
Users will be offered free incentives at each bar to celebrate their
life saving role. They can stay up-to-date with the latest from DDVIP
and see what other users are saying via its social tab
. Also through the app, for those who want to imbibe but also make it a
point to plan ahead, users can easily order a sober ride from Uber,
Lyft or Curb – all from one screen.

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

PD will be continuing DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoints and DUI
Saturation Patrols in our ongoing commitment to lowering deaths and
injuries upon our streets and highways.

Funding for this
operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic
Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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