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.
Following are other results from this event:
1917 vehicles drove through the checkpoint.
671 vehicles were screened in primary.
50 vehicles were sent to secondary screening (drivers who could not produce a drivers 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.
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.
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/ Drivers License Checkpoints on an ongoing basis. The department is committed to lowering deaths and injuries upon our streets and highways.