FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Lt. Albergo, 760.839.4901
On September 7, 2012 the Escondido Police Department conducted a DUI Sobriety / Drivers License Checkpoint in the area of Lincoln and Fig. 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. Twelve vehicles were released to the owner or a designated driver. During the checkpoint, four vehicles were impounded.
Results of the roving DUI patrol are not included.
Following are other results from this event:
- 2660 vehicles drove through the checkpoint.
- 890 vehicles were screened in primary.
- 1 driver gave conflicting information about his identity and was finally identified at the Police Department during a fingerprint search. It was determined he was driving on a suspended license, had previous arrests for DUI and was also illegally in the country. He was turned over to ICE.
- 1 driver gave a false name initially, but later was identified. He had a felony warrant for possession of stolen property, and was driving on a suspended license. The vehicle was actually a stolen vehicle, and he was also arrested for auto theft.
- 37 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)
- 19 totalcitations were issued during the checkpoint. (1 for suspended license and 13 for unlicensed driver.)
- Educational material was distributed regarding the improvements made in traffic safety.
- 4 child restraint seats were correctly reinstalled for no 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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