The Escondido Police Department Traffic Unit conducted a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint on January 28, 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.
Following are other results from this event:
1,917 vehicles drove through the checkpoint.
• 671 vehicles were screened in primary.
• 50 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)
• 24 total citations were issued during the checkpoint. (6 for suspended license and 11 for unlicensed driver, 6 for no insurance.)
• 1 DUI arrest.
• 4 Field Sobriety Tests
• Educational material was distributed regarding DUI problems.
The Escondido Police Department will be conducting additional DUI/Drivers License Checkpoints on an ongoing basis. 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’.