POWAY–The Sheriff’s Department released its data Saturday on the DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint in Poway.
On Friday, from 8:30 p.m. to Saturday at 2:20 a.m. Deputies from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department conducted a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint for eastbound traffic in the 12100 block of Poway Road.
During the checkpoint, a total of 1,124 vehicles passed through the checkpoint and 577 vehicles were screened in the primary inspection area. There were 26 vehicles sent to the secondary screening area so the drivers could be evaluated or have their license status checked. Eight drivers were evaluated and four drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage and booked into jail. There were four citations issued to unlicensed drivers and two for driving on a suspended license. Two drivers were cited for violations of their provisional driver’s licenses and one for possession of marijuana. There were two vehicles towed from the checkpoint.
Sheriff’s Department says the primary intent of the checkpoint was to educate the public of the dangers associated with drinking and driving. The drivers who went through the primary screening area were giving a hand-out about the Social Host laws. Additionally, the checkpoint serves as a deterrent to potentially impaired drivers.
The checkpoint was funded by a grant obtained through the California Office of Traffic Safety.