Oceanside CA— Oceanside and Escondido Police Traffic Units held separate DUI-Driver License Checkpoints Friday night resulting in a combined three DUI arrests and twenty-four citations issued to unlicensed drivers.
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.
The Oceanside checkpoint was located in the 4000 block of Plaza Dr. between the hours of 8:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m.
A total of 418 vehicles went through the checkpoint with 383 drivers being screened by officers.
Three (3) Field Sobriety Tests were given resulting in two (2) DUI Drug arrests. Seven (7) vehicles were towed, five (5) for thirty days. A total of thirteen (13) citations were issued with five (5) for driving on suspended drivers licenses and eight (8) for being unlicensed drivers. One arrest was for possession of a controlled substance.
In Escondido, the Checkpoint was located in the area of Centre City Parkway and Decatur Way.
- 1393 vehicles drove through the checkpoint.
- 808 vehicles were screened in primary.
- 58 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)
- 25 total citations were issued during the checkpoint. (6 for suspended license and 16 for unlicensed driver, 6 for no insurance.) There was 1 person arrested for DUI.
- Educational material was distributed regarding DUI problems.
Law Enforcement emphasizes the preventable nature of drunk driving reminding everyone that all it takes is a little planning ahead. Designate a sober driver or call a cab. don’t drink and drive.
The California Office of Traffic Safety DDVIP (Designated Driver VIP) mobile app is now available for free download on iOS and Android devices.
Launched last year, the new DDVIP app offers enhanced features, allowing users to “Map a Spot” with their current location to find DDVIP partnering establishments in their area or a “List of Spots” to search all participating bars and restaurants throughout California.
Users will be offered free incentives at each bar to celebrate their life saving role. They can stay up-to-date with the latest from DDVIP and see what other users are saying via its social tab. Also through the app, for those who want to imbibe but also make it a point to plan ahead, users can easily order a sober ride from Uber, Lyft or Curb – all from one screen.
Funding for the Checkpoints is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1