FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Lt. T. Albergo, 760-839-4901
On February 11, 2012 the Escondido Police Department conducted a DUI Sobriety / Drivers License Checkpoint in the area of Lincoln Avenue and Fig 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. 17 vehicles were released to the owner or a designated driver. During the checkpoint, 12 vehicles were impounded; 9 because the drivers had SUSPENDED or REVOKED licenses, 1 that the driver was arrested, and 2 that a registered owner could not be located after the checkpoint closed.
One drug impaired driving arrest was made during the sobriety enforcement detail. Results of the roving DUI patrol are not included.
Following are other results from this event:
- 2458 vehicles drove through the checkpoint.
- 1069 vehicles were screened in primary.
- 68 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)
- 4 field sobriety tests were administered during the evening.
- One driver was determined to have a suspended license, and was also found to be illegally in the country. He had previous convictions for burglary, and was later turned over to ICE.
- 12 vehicles were impounded
- 13 drivers had no insurance.
- 34 total citations were issued during the checkpoint. (14 for suspended license and 21 for unlicensed driver.)
- Educational material was distributed regarding costs associated with a DUI.
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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