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Zero DUI Arrests at Oceanside and Escondido Checkpoints

Oceanside CA— The Oceanside Police Department Traffic Unit conducted several DUI/Driver License checkpoints on May 29, 2015, in the downtown area between the hours of 8:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public.

DUI/Drivers License checkpoints have been shown to lower DUI deaths and injuries. A major component of these checkpoints are the deterrent effects it has on those who might drive drunk or drugged impaired, bringing about more awareness and encouraging everyone to use sober designated drivers.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent. Ninety Percent of California drivers approve of checkpoints.

A total of 587 drivers were screened by officers, with two (2) Field Sobriety Tests given resulting in no DUI arrests. Three (3) vehicles were towed for 30 days. Eleven (11) citations were issued, with one (1) for suspended driver’s license and eight (8) for being unlicensed drivers.

The checkpoint was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1

Escondido Checkpoint

On May 29th, 2015 the Escondido Police Department conducted a DUI Sobriety/Driver’s License Checkpoint in the area of Centre City Pkwy and Decatur Way.

Following are other results from this event:
1,371 vehicles drove through the checkpoint.

  • 725 vehicles were screened in primary.
  • 3 FST’s were conducted, resulting in 0 DUI arrests
  • 39 vehicles were sent to secondary screening (drivers who could not produce a driver’s license or who were suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs)
  • 16 total citations were issued during the checkpoint. (1 for suspended license and 12 for unlicensed driver, 8 for no insurance.)
  • 3 vehicles were impounded
  • 7 vehicles were released to the owner or a designated driver

Educational material was distributed by the Escondido Police regarding DUI problems.

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