DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint Results

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03/27/11

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Lt. T. Albergo, 760-839-4901

On March 26, 2011, the Escondido Police Department conducted a DUI Sobriety / Driver's License Checkpoint in the area of El Norte Parkway and Washington Avenue. Several protesters attempted to divert motorists from entering the checkpoint by waving signs advising of a checkpoint ahead. Officers monitored the area for drivers committing Vehicle Code violations. One individual was stopped for a lighting violation, and was also in possession of marijuana. He was cited and released. One driver passed the protesters and their signs, and then made an abrupt turn and was pulled over for a vehicle code violation. The driver was ultimately arrested for DUI and taken to County Jail.

Other results included:

  • 1,205 vehicles drove through the checkpoint.
  • 1,198 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)
  • 3 field sobriety tests were administered at the checkpoint.
  • There were no arrests for DUI in the checkpoint, although one additional motorist was arrested for DUI by one of the roving DUI units after being involved in a vehicle collision.
  • 20 vehicles were impounded, 3 drivers had a suspended driver’s license and 16 drivers did not have a driver's license.
  • 2 drivers had no insurance.
  • 29 total citations were issued during this event.
  • 4 child safety seats were correctly reinstalled for parents free of charge.
  • Educational material was distributed regarding Sobriety Checkpoints

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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