Escondido, CA

Sobriety checkpoint leads to two arrests

The Escondido Police Department Traffic Unit conducted a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint on Friday, at 3300 Bear Valley Pkwy.

According to the department, “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 Enforcement, 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 the opportunity to locate the registered owner of the vehicle to either take or assign possession of the vehicle to a licensed driver. Six vehicles were released to the owner or a designated driver. During the checkpoint, three vehicles were impounded.

Following are additional results from this event:

• 3,562 vehicles drove through the checkpoint.

• 731 vehicles were screened in primary.

• 26 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)

• 10 total citations were issued during the checkpoint. (1 for suspended license and 6 for unlicensed driver, 2 for no insurance)

• 3 Field sobriety tests

• 2 Arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol

• DUI educational material was distributed during the checkpoint

The police encourage drivers 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 a tab for the non-DD to call Uber, Lyft or Curb.

The checkpoint was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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