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OPD Holds Mission Ave DUI Checkpoint

Oceanside PD hold a DUI/Drivers license Checkpoint on Mission Ave.

Oceanside PD holds a DUI/Drivers license Checkpoint on Mission Ave.

Oceanside CA- The Oceanside Police Department is holding a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint tonight from 8:00PM to 3:00AM Saturday morning. ,Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint ,in the 1900 blk of Mission Ave , Eastbound between Canyon Drive and Barnes St., 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.

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.

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OPD received a grant to fund DUI checkpoints through September of 2014

In January of this year, the Oceanside Police Department submitted a grant application to the California of Traffic Safety (OTS) and the University of California Berkeley, Safe Transportation Research & Education Center for the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program and the Sobriety Checkpoint Grant Program. In May, the police department was notified that the grant application had been accepted for funding of $108,450 for the Sobriety Checkpoint Grant Program and $111 ,128 for the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program . The grant funds are to be expended during the grant period of October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014.

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Not known what checking inside the trunks of vehicles has to do with DUI but it was being done at the checkpoint, Friday night.