SAN DIEGO–The San Diego Police Department will be conducting a DUI checkpoint on Saturday at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 10 p.m. and 3 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.
Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Drivers caught driving while impaired can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes, court probation and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.
All too often, individuals are senselessly injured or killed on local roadways by impaired drivers. “Over the course of the past year, DUI collisions have claimed 7 lives and resulted in over 100 wrecks injuring over 500 of our friends and neighbors in San Diego,” said Officer Mark McCullough.
The DUI/Drivers License checkpoint is an effort to reduce those tragedies, as well as ensuring drivers have a valid driver’s license. A major component of these checkpoints is to increase awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and to encourage 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 $6.00 for every $1.00 spent.
Funding for this operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.