The San Diego Police Department Traffic Unit announced that it will be conducting a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint Saturday evening.
The checkpoint will be set up at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 9 p.m. and 3:30 a.m. Nov. 24-25.
DUI checkpoints are an enforcement tool proven effective in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol-related crashes. Research shows that crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted regularly.
Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Those caught driving while impaired can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $12,000.
Additionally, officers will be conducting DU saturation patrols, as well, this holiday weekend throughout San Diego.
“Deaths from drunk and drug-impaired driving are going down in California,” said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS). “But that still means that hundreds of our friends, family and co-workers are killed each year, along with tens of thousands who are seriously injured. We must all continue to work together to bring an end to these tragedies. If you see a drunk driver, call 9-1-1.”
Funding for this checkpoint is provided to the San Diego Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, targeting those who still don’t heed the message to designate a sober driver.
Taken from a press release from the City of San Diego