FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Lt. C. Carter 760-839-4702
On June 29, 2012 the Escondido Police Department conducted a DUI Sobriety / Drivers License Checkpoint in the area of East El Norte Pkwy and North Ash Street. Officers were also assigned to roving DUI patrol in the City until 3 AM.
Under a new state law, 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. Three vehicles were released to the owner or a designated driver. During the checkpoint, seven vehicles were impounded.
Results of the roving DUI patrol are not included.
Following are other results from this event:
- 2200 vehicles drove through the checkpoint.
- 1329 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)
- 6 field sobriety tests were administered during the evening.
- 6 DUI arrests were made.
- 1 driver was arrested for being under the influence of drugs
- 1 driver was arrested for being DUI and is currently on DUI probation
- 1 car was stopped in primary for suspicion of DUI, the vehicle directly behind the DUI vehicle told officers that she witnessed a driver switch. The first driver was arrested for DUI (.12) the second driver was arrested for DUI (.13)
- 2 drivers had no insurance.
- 11 totalcitations were issued during the checkpoint. (2 for suspended license and 7 for unlicensed driver.)
- Educational material was distributed regarding the improvements made in traffic safety.
- 2 child restraint seats were correctly reinstalled for no charge.
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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