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‘AVOID the 16 Taskforce’ DUI Checkpoint in San Marcos

San Marcos CA– On Friday, April 18, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 3:00 a.m., deputies and officers from the AVOID the 16 Taskforce will be conducting a DUI sobriety and driver’s license checkpoint in the City of San Marcos. The checkpoint will consist of DUI trained deputies who will be evaluating drivers’ abilities to safely operate motor vehicles.

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.

The focus of the operation is the apprehension of suspects who are determined to be operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and/or under the influence of drugs or driving while unlicensed or suspended.

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department is well aware of the communities concern for persons driving Under the influence of alcohol and-or drugs.

The primary intent of the checkpoint is to educate the public of the dangers associated with drinking and driving; additionally, the checkpoint serves as a deterrent to potentially impaired drivers. Finally, this checkpoint will provide an important governmental service by promoting public safety.

This checkpoint is funded by a grant through the California Office of Traffic Safety. The Office of Traffic Safety and local law enforcement urge drivers to “Report Drunk Drivers. Call 911.”

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