Oceanside CA –Friday the 13th may turn out to be very unlucky for someone who chooses to drink and drive in Oceanside. The Police Department’s Traffic Services Unit will be conducting another DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint this Friday at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 8:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.
Previous checkpoints were held at Coast Highway, South of Eaton St and another on Mission Avenue at Clementine Street. 5 DUI arrests were made and 41 citations were issued in the previous two checkpoint actions.
The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes. Research shows that crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough.
Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Officers will also check drivers for proper licensing and will strive to delay motorists only momentarily. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving. Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000.