On Saturday, December 17, the Escondido Police Department conducted a DUI Sobriety / Driver’s License Checkpoint in the area of Valley Parkway and Juniper Street.
According to Lt. Mike Kearney of the EPD, 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.
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. Eight vehicles were released to the owner or a designated driver. During the checkpoint, eight 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 and 19 for unlicensed driver, 10 for no insurance.) There were no arrests for DUI. • Educational material was distributed regarding DUI problems.
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.
Escondido 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.