FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Lt. T. Albergo; 760-839-4901
On January 10, 2014 the Escondido Police Department conducted a DUI Sobriety / Driver’s License Checkpoint in the area of Centre City Pkwy and Decatur. 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.
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 drunk or drugged impaired, bringing about more awareness and encouraging everyone to use sober designated drivers.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent. Ninety Percent of California drivers approve of checkpoints.
Following are results from this event:
- Ø 1131 vehicles drove through the checkpoint.
- Ø 485 vehicles were screened in primary.
- Ø No FST’s were conducted. One driver was cited for failure to comply with the requirement to stop and submit at the checkpoint, and delaying a peace officer. Another driver was cited for driving while possessing marijuana.
- Ø 23vehicles 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)
- Ø 10 total citations were issued during the checkpoint. (1 for suspended license and 6 for unlicensed driver, 4 for no insurance.)
- Educational material was distributed regarding DUI problems.
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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