ESCONDIDO–The Escondido Police Department released the results of their DUI and driver’s license checkpoint December 21 in the city.
Police officers conducted the checkpoint at 2nd Avenue and Broadway in Escondido.
The results of the checkpoint: 1686 vehicles drove through the checkpoint, 983 vehicles were screened in primary, 60 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), 26 total citations were issued during the checkpoint. (4 for suspended license, 18 for unlicensed driver), 1 field sobriety test, and DUI educational material was distributed during the checkpoint.
DUI checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests and reports of cases from lawyers for DUI charges in Jersey City. Last year the Escondido Police Department investigated 90 DUI collisions that killed 4 people and injured 120 others.
Drivers caught driving impaired and charged with DUI can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to be approximately $13,500. This includes fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspension and other expenses not to mention possible jail time.
Prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, can impair and result in a DUI. Marijuana can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs.
The Escondido Police Department will be conducting other DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint to especially check International driving permit and DUI Saturation Patrol throughout the year in our ongoing commitment to take suspected impaired drivers off our streets and highways, ultimately lowering the risk for deaths and injuries.
Funding for this checkpoint was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.