FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Lt. T. Albergo, 760.839.4901
This past holiday weekend, the Escondido Police Department conducted a DUI/DL checkpoint on Friday and DUI saturation patrols on Saturday and Sunday night.
The Department conducted a DUI Sobriety / Drivers License Checkpoint in the area of Valley Parkway and Juniper Street. Over 1,000 drivers, and their passengers, were provided educational material concerning the new child safety seat law. One driver was arrested at the checkpoint for possession of marijuana and being an unlicensed driver. Another driver was arrested for driving on a suspended license with prior offenses. After the checkpoint closed, additional officers went on roving patrol looking for impaired drivers. Four FST’s were administered resulting in one DUI arrest. Following are total results from Friday’s enforcement:
- 1520 vehicles drove through the checkpoint.
- 1070 vehicles were screened in primary.
- 31 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)
- 5 field sobriety tests were administered during the evening, with one DUI arrest.
- 5 vehicles were impounded;
- 4 drivers had no insurance.
- 20 total citations were issued during the checkpoint.
- Educational material was distributed regarding the new child seat laws.
- 2 child restraint seats were properly reinstalled for parents, free of charge.
On Saturday and Sunday nights, DUI saturation patrols resulted in a total of five DUI arrests. Two of those drivers were drug impaired. Additionally, one minor was cited for possession of alcohol.
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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