FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Lt. Albergo, 760.839.4901
On January 27, 2012 the Escondido Police Department conducted a DUI Sobriety / Drivers License Checkpoint in the area of Centre City Parkway and Decatur. Officers were also assigned to roving DUI patrol in the City until 3 AM.
Under a new state law, drivers whose ONLY offense is 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. Four vehicles were released to the owner or a designated driver, and another one was immediately released to a licensed passenger. During the checkpoint, 6 vehicles were impounded; 5 because the drivers had SUSPENDED or REVOKED licenses, and one that a registered owner could not be located after the checkpoint closed. Two DUI arrests and one drunk in public arrest were made during the sobriety enforcement detail. Results of the roving DUI patrol are not included.
About a dozen teenage members of the Young Marines helped provide educational material to motorists as they drove through the checkpoint. This was a community service event they chose to participate in. Members of MADD were also present to help provide the educational material.
Following are results from this event:
- 1445 vehicles drove through the checkpoint.
- 845 vehicles were screened in primary.
- 49 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)
- 3 field sobriety tests were administered during the evening.
- 6 vehicles were impounded; including the ones mentioned above and the 2 DUI drivers that were arrested had their vehicles towed.
- 3 drivers had no insurance.
- 14 total citations were issued during the checkpoint.(5 for suspended license and 9 for unlicensed driver.)
- Educational material was distributed regarding new child seat laws.
- 1 child restraint seat was properly reinstalled for parents, free of 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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