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San Diego County DUI Checkpoint Press Releases

If you or someone you know has been arrested for driving under the influence during a DUI Sobriety Checkpoint in San Diego County , contact our California DUI Defense Attorneys as soon as possible. We will answer any questions you may have, provide you with legal advice and represent you during both the DMV and criminal court hearings. 

Escondido - June 29, 2012

Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence, provide ample educational opportunities, and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public.

Escondido: 6pm-12am - undisclosed location & a roving DUI patrol until 3am - city wide

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Escondido - June 15, 2012

Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint and looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment.  They will also be checking to ensure drivers are properly licensed. DUI Checkpoints along with regularly scheduled high visibility DUI enforcement serves as a proven deterrent with the goal of removing impaired drivers and heightened awareness of the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.   

Escondido: 6pm-12am - undisclosed location, roving DUI patrol until 3am

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Oceanside - June 8, 2012

The Oceanside Police Department will conduct a DUI Checkpoint on Friday June 8, 2012 between the hours of 8:00pm and 3:00am in the City of Oceanside as part of the DUI Enforcement and Awareness Program.
 
The focus of the checkpoint will be to reduce driving while intoxicated and injury collisions, while removing drunk drivers from the roadway. The Oceanside Police Department takes a proactive approach in educating our citizens and enforcement of the laws dealing with drinking and driving. We want to send a message to those who are considering driving a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol. Each year drunk driving is a major cause of fatal and injury collisions. We encourage all drivers to designate a sober driver if they choose to drink. 

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San Diego County - June 1-3, 2012

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 and looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment.

Saturday, June 2

Escondido: 6pm-12am - undisclosed location

Vista: 7:30pm-early morning - undisclosed location 

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San Diego County - May 25-27, 2012

The Memorial Day weekend  is  the  first holiday  travel period of  the summer season and  this,  coupled  with  many  college  and  high  school  graduations,  will  see  friends  and  families  gathering  to  celebrate,  often  with alcohol.  Law  enforcement  is  reminding  everyone  to make  plans now for those weekend trips and celebrations to use a  'Designated Driver' to avert arrest  or worse, a deadly drunk driving tragedy.

Friday, May 25

Chula Vista:  evening - undisclosed location 

Escondido: evening - undisclosed location 

Lemon Grove: 7pm-2am - 7900 block of Broadway

San Diego County: all weekend - DUI roving patrol throughout San Diego County 

San Marcos: 7pm-2:30am - undisclosed location 

Sunday, May 27

Lemon Grove: 6pm-2an - undisclosed location 

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Escondido - May 19, 2012

Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence, provide ample educational opportunities, and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public.

Escondido: 6pm - 12am - undisclosed location as well as DUI roving patrol until 3am

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San Diego County - May 5, 2012

inco de Mayo is a special opportunity to gather with friends and co‐workers for chips,  salsa  and Margaritas,  celebrating  California's  rich  cultural  diversity.   It  is  also  a  night  when  dangerous  and  often  deadly  outcomes  occur  because  another  impaired  driver  hits  the  road  drunk.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Escondido: 6pm-2am - undisclosed location

Imperial Beach: 8pm-2:30am - undisclosed location

San Diego State University (around) - 6pm-2am

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Oceanside - May 4, 2012

Police will hold a sobriety checkpoint Friday in Oceanside, Lt. Leonard Mata said.

The checkpoint is scheduled to last seven hours starting at 8 p.m., Mata said. The location of the checkpoint was not disclosed.

"We want to send a message to those who are considering driving a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol," Mata said. "Each year, drunk driving is a major cause of fatal and injury collisions. We encourage all drivers to designate a sober driver if they choose to drink."

Provided by an article onNCTIMES

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Encinitas - April 27, 2012

The Sheriffs Encinitas Station will be conducting a DUI/Driver's License checkpoint on Friday, April 27, 2012 in the 1300 block of South Coast HWY 101 in the City of Encinitas.

The checkpoint will be held between the hours of 19,30 p.m. and 02:30 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.

Provided by the San Diego Sheriff's Department

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Poway - April 21, 2012

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department is well aware of the communities concern for persons Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and/or Drugs.

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department is taking a major countermeasure by implementing a DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint.

On the night of 4/21/2012, between the hours of 1800 and 0200, deputies from the San Diego County Sheriff's Department Poway Station will be conducting a DUI sobriety and driver's license checkpoint in the city of Poway.

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Chula Vista - April 14, 2012

Chula Vista Police Department will be conducting a DUI Saturation Patrol on 04/13/12 from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. and a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on April 14th, 2012 within the city limits between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. as weather permits. DUI checkpoints are a proven enforcement tool effective in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol involved crashes. Research shows that crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough. 

Provided by the Chula Vista Police Department

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San Diego County - April 6-8, 2012

Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence, provide ample educational opportunities, and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public. 

Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint and looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. 

They will also be checking to ensure drivers are properly licensed. DUI Checkpoints along with regularly scheduled high visibility DUI enforcement serves as a proven deterrent with the goal of removing impaired drivers and heightened awareness of the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.  

Friday, April 6

Escondido - 6pm-12am - undisclosed location / 6pm-3am - DUI roving patrol - city wide

Saturday, April 7

Vista - 7:30pm - early morning - undisclosed location

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San Diego County - March 23-25, 2012

The San Diego Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI checkpoint on March 24, 2012 at an  undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 3:30 a.m.  DUI checkpoints are  an enforcement tool proven effective in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol-related  crashes, as well as being a valuable means of heightening awareness of the dangers of impaired driving.

Officers will be checking drivers for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment.  Officers will strive to impact  motorists only momentarily.  If officers suspect that a driver has been drinking or is impaired, they will  conduct a field sobriety test.  Those who fail can expect jail, vehicle storage fees, license suspension,  insurance rate increases, along with fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

Friday, March 23

Chula Vista - 6pm-1:30am - undisclosed location

Santee - 8pm-3am - undisclosed location 

Saturday, March 24

San Diego - 9pm-3:30am - undisclosed location 

Escondido - March 23, 2012

The Escondido Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint on Friday, March 23, 2012 between the hours of 6PM and midnight. In addition, roving DUI officers will be assigned until 3 AM.   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 and looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment.  They will also be checking to ensure drivers are properly licensed. DUI Checkpoints along with regularly scheduled high visibility DUI enforcement serves as a proven deterrent wi Live-in Rehabs for DUI th the goal of removing impaired drivers and heightened awareness of the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.    

In 2010, over 10,000 people were killed nationally in motor vehicle traffic crashes that involved at least one driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 percent or higher. In Californian, this deadly crime led to 791 deaths because someone failed to designate a sober driver. The age group with the highest percentage of alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes was the 21-to-24 age group.    

Provided by the Escondido Police Department.

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San Diego County - March 16-17, 2012

Everybody may be Irish on St. Patrick's Day but nobody  should drive drunk after celebrating Ireland's patron saint this  Saturday, March 17, 2012. 

The Avoid the 14 DUI Task Force will be deploying additional  officers on overtime this weekend, supporting routine traffic and  patrol officers and focusing on drinking driver hotspots.  Sheriff's  Deputies, Police and CHP officers will have a "zero tolerance"  response toward impaired drivers who fail to use a designated  sober driver. 

DUI Checkpoint - Participating City Police Departments

Chula Vista Police Department 
National City Police Department 
Oceanside Police Department 
Coronado Police Department 
Harbor Police 
La Mesa Police Department 

Escondido Police Department 

San Diego State University 
University of California San Diego 
Palomar College 
Cal State San Marcos

Encinitas - March 16th - 6pm-2am

Provided by the San Diego County Sheriff's Department

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Escondido - March 9, 2012

The Escondido Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint on Friday, March 9, 2012 between the hours of 6PM and midnight. In addition, roving DUI officers will be assigned until 3 AM.   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 and looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment.  They will also be checking to ensure drivers are properly licensed. DUI Checkpoints along with regularly scheduled high visibility DUI enforcement serves as a proven deterrent with the goal of removing impaired drivers and heightened awareness of the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.    

In 2010, over 10,000 people were killed nationally in motor vehicle traffic crashes that involved at least one driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 percent or higher. In California, this deadly crime led to 791 deaths because someone failed to designate a sober driver. The age group with the highest percentage of alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes was the 21-to-24 age group.   

Over the past three years, Escondido PD has investigated 507 DUI collisions resulting in 234 injured persons.  

The objective is to send a clear message to those who are considering driving a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol and/or drugs: if you drive buzzed, drunk, or impaired by drugs you will go to jail.  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 for every $1 spent.   

Those arrested for DUI will face jail time, loss of their driver licenses, or being sentenced to use ignition interlocks. Their insurance rates go up. Other financial hits include attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of job or job prospects. When family, friends and co-workers find out, violators can also face tremendous personal embarrassment and humiliation.  

Provided by the Escondido Police Department.

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Escondido - February 11, 2012

The Escondido Police Department will be conducting a Sobriety / Driver's License Checkpoint in the City of Escondido on Saturday night, February 11, 2012, from 6:00 PM until about 12:00 Midnight. In addition, officers will be assigned to DUI roving patrol until 3 AM.  

The emphasis of the checkpoint will be to continue our education / awareness campaign on the dangers of driving impaired and to detect drunk drivers and those with suspended, revoked, or no driver license.   

This checkpoint is an effort to continue the Escondido Police Department's commitment to traffic safety by reducing the number of people killed and injured in alcohol-involved collisions.   

The checkpoint is being conducted in conjunction with the North County Law Enforcement Traffic Safety Council, the San Diego County DUI Probation Team, and Mothers against Drunk Driving.

Provided by the Escondido Police Department.

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San Diego - February 5, 2012

The San Diego County "AVOID the 14" DUI Campaign is reminding football fans watching this year's Super Bowl game with friends and family to make the right decision before kickoff and game plan in a designated sober  driver.  Law  Enforcement  joins with  the  national  "Fans Don't  Let  Fans Drive Drunk" message  from  the National  Football  League  (NFL),  the  California  office  of  Traffic  Safety  (OTS),  the  National  Highway  Traffic Safety  Administration (NHTSA), and Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management (TEAM) Coalition.  

The "AVOID the 14" DUI Task Force will be deploying special roving DUI patrols on Sunday, February 5th in  several communities throughout the area looking to stop and arrest drivers who are impaired by alcohol or drugs.  

These DUI  patrols  are,  in  addition  to  regularly  scheduled  patrol  officers,  all  looking  for  the  tale‐tell  signs of  an intoxicated driver behind the wheel.   

In 2010, more  than 10,000 people were  killed  in motor  vehicle  traffic  crashes  that  involved at  least one driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. In California, this deadly crime  led to 791 deaths because someone failed to designate a sober driver.  

"We're reminding everyone that real Super Bowl Fans Don't Let Fans Drive Drunk," said Sheriff Bill Gore of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.  "Drafting a designated driver this weekend will be the correct play call  for a sure win." 

"We want everyone to make the right decision on Super Bowl Sunday," said Chris Murphy, Director of the California Office of Traffic Safety.  "Having a designated sober driver should be an obvious call  in everyone's play  book. Making sure designated sober drivers know how much we appreciate their responsible decision is what will  make this year's celebration extra special - and extra safe."

San Marcos - February 6, 2012

The San Marcos Sheriff's Station will be looking for impaired drivers on  Super Bowl Sunday, February 6, 2012. The  Department is continuing its ongoing campaign to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol related  crashes.  The increased patrols will identify offenders and get them off the street, as well as bring awareness to our  community of the dangers of impaired driving. 

Everyone can assist in preventing this crime from ever occurring.  If you are planning a gathering or celebration this  weekend with alcohol included,  plan ahead and  designate a non-drinking sober driver.  A DUI arrest costs upwards of  $10,000, time in jail and the loss or your driver's license, including years of increased insurance rates. 

Remember, everyone is encouraged to help keep our roadways safe; Report Drunk Drivers - Call 911!  

Provided by the San Diego Sheriff's Department.

Escondido - January 27, 2012

The Escondido Police Department will be conducting a Sobriety / Driver's License Checkpoint in the City of Escondido on Friday night, January 27, 2012, from 6:00 PM until about 12:00 Midnight.  

The emphasis of the checkpoint will be to detect drunk drivers and those with suspended, revoked, or no driver license and to continue our education / awareness campaign on the dangers of driving impaired.   

This checkpoint is an effort to continue the Escondido Police Department's commitment to traffic safety by reducing the number of people killed and injured in alcohol-involved collisions.   

The checkpoint is being conducted in conjunction with the North County Law Enforcement Traffic Safety Council, the San Diego County DUI Probation Team, and Mothers against Drunk Driving.

Funding for this operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Provided by the Escondido Police Department

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Chula Vista - December 30, 2011

Chula Vista - The Chula Vista Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on Friday December 30th, 2011 from 7 PM. to 2 AM. In an effort to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol involved crashes, DUI/DL checkpoints are conducted to identify offenders and get them off the street, as well as educate the public on the dangers of impaired driving. 

All too often, members of our community are senselessly injured or killed on local roadways by impaired drivers. This DUI/Drivers License checkpoint is an effort to reduce those tragedies; as well as insuring drivers have a valid driver's license. A major component of these checkpoints are to increase awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and to encourage sober designated drivers. A DUI checkpoint is a proven effective method for achieving this goal. By publicizing these enforcement and education efforts, the Chula Vista Police Department believes motorists can be deterred from drinking and driving. Traffic volume and weather permitting, all vehicles may be checked and drivers who are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs will be arrested. Our objective is to send a clear message to those who are considering driving a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol and/or drugs - Drive sober, or get pulled over. The public is encouraged to help keep roadways safe by calling 911 if they see a suspected impaired driver. Funding for this operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Provided by theChula Vista Flash Alert.

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San Diego - December 30 - 31, 2011

The  San  Diego  County  Sheriff's  Department will  be  conducting  a  DUI/Driver  License  Checkpoint  on  Friday December  30th  in  the  community  of  Sabre  Springs  beginning  at  about  7:00  p.m.  and  ending at  approximately 2:00 a.m.  DUI checkpoints are a proven enforcement tool effective in reducing the number of  persons killed and injured in alcohol involved crashes.  

Dec. 30th

Oceanside - 9pm - 3am - undisclosed location

Dec. 31st

City of San Diego - 8pm - 4am - undisclosed location

Sabre Springs - 7pm - 2am - undisclosed location

Deputies and officers  from the San Diego County Avoid Task Force will be contacting drivers passing  through  the checkpoint  for  signs  of  alcohol  and/or  drug  impairment.   Officers  will  also  check  for  proper  licensing and will strive to delay motorists only momentarily. Drivers caught driving  impaired can expect  jail,  license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes, that can exceed $10,000. 

Deputies and officers  from  the Avoid Task Force will also be out  in  force  in Pacific Beach conducting  DUI saturation patrols on New Year's Eve, December 31st .  "We want to send a message to the public this New  Year's weekend to drive sober or get pulled over.  This  is the time of the year to spend time with family and  friends and not  in  jail or  in a hospital bed," said Lt. Jose Sanchez of the Sheriff's Department Traffic Services  Division.  

"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 the grant comes from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway  Traffic Safety Administration.   

Provided by the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

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Poway - December 23, 2011

As  you  celebrate  the  holiday  season  enjoying  traditions,  food,  family  and  fun,  be  reminded  that  Sheriff's Deputies, Police and CHP will be out  in force during the holiday season from December 16, 2011, to  January 2, 2012, to arrest anyone caught driving drunk or impaired behind the wheel.  "RUOK?" is the text message version of the often heard question, "Are you okay to drive?"  If you have  to ask someone the question, you already know the answer.  You know they have had too much to drink or  are showing signs of being "buzzed."  You know that they are not okay to drive.  Call them a cab, take them  home yourself, offer your couch. 

DUI/ Driver License Checkpoints, Multi‐Agency DUI Task Force roving DUI patrols are scheduled locally  in partnership with law enforcement statewide and around San Diego County during the Winter Holiday Anti‐ DUI Campaign.  DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk  and drugged driving deterrence. Law Enforcement will be contacting drivers passing  through  the checkpoint  for signs of alcohol and/or drug  impairment. Grant  funded Drug Recognition Experts will be staffing most of  the checkpoints.   

DUI Checkpoints, along with regularly scheduled high visibility DUI enforcement, are proven strategies  with the goal of removing impaired drivers from the road and heightening awareness of the dangers of driving  under  the  influence of drugs and alcohol.  According  to  the National Highway Traffic  Safety Administration  (NHTSA), sobriety checkpoint programs can yield considerable cost savings: $6 for every $1 spent.  "There will be no spreading holiday cheer behind the bars of a jail cell," Sheriff Bill Gore said. "Don't let  your 2011 holiday season end in an arrest or worse, death.  Remember, whether you've had way too many or  just one too many, it's not worth the risk."  

Provided by the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

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San Diego - October 29, 2011

San Diego, California - DUI Checkpoint Near San Diego State University on Saturday October 29, 2011

As party going ghosts and goblins celebrate Halloween this October, the Avoid the 14 San Diego County DUI Task Force reminds everyone to keep the party off the road.

Roving DUI Saturation Patrols will be out in force looking to stop and arrest 'Drunk' and 'Buzzed' drivers this Halloween weekend.

There will also be a DUI/Driver License Checkpoint near SDSU on Saturday October 29 th , to deter and lower impaired driving in the region.

Halloween weekend is a particularly deadly time due to the high number of drunk drivers on the roads.

That is why this Halloween the Avoid the 14 DUI Task Force members are urging all drivers to keep the party off the road.

If you feel "buzzed," you should not be behind the wheel. You don't have to feel drunk to be too impaired to drive...Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving.

Nighttime is an especially dangerous time to be on the road. But this weekend and Halloween night is one of the deadliest times of the year for impaired drivers.

DUI Checkpoints along with regularly scheduled high visibility DUI enforcement serves as a proven deterrent with the goal of removing impaired drivers and heightened awareness of the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. 

Provided by the San Diego Police Department.

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Escondido - October 6-8, 2011

The Escondido Police Department will be conducting sobriety enforcement this weekend, to include a DUI/Driver's License checkpoint(s).

The emphasis of the checkpoint will be to detect drunk drivers and those with suspended, revoked, or no driver license and to continue our education / awareness campaign on the dangers of driving impaired.

This checkpoint is an effort to continue the Escondido Police Department's commitment to traffic safety by reducing the number of people killed and injured in alcohol-involved collisions.

The checkpoint is being conducted in conjunction with the North County Law Enforcement Traffic Safety Council, the San Diego County DUI Probation Team, and Mothers against Drunk Driving.

Funding for this operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Provided by the Escondido Police Department.

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Valley Center - September 30, 2011

VALLEY CENTER ---- Authorities will conduct a sobriety checkpoint Friday in Valley Center, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The goal of the checkpoint is to deter individuals who have been drinking or using drugs from getting behind the wheel of a vehicle, said CHP Officer Chris Parent.

The time and location of the checkpoint was not released.

Provided by an article on the North County Times.

Santee: September 10, 2011

San Diego County Sheriff's Deputies will be participating in the Drunk Driving; Over the Limit, Under Arrest - DUI Campaign in the City of Santee.

On Saturday, September 10th, Deputies will participate in the DUI Grant and target the City of Santee.

This crackdown on alcohol related crimes and violations will primarily target drunk drivers.

All too often, members of our community are senselessly injured or killed on local roadways by impaired drivers.

A DUI checkpoint is a proven, effective method for enforcement and education.

Traffic volume and weather permitting, all vehicles may be checked and drivers who are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs will be arrested.

Our objective is to send a clear message to those who are considering driving a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol and/or drugs - Drunk Driving; Over the Limit, Under Arrest.

The public is encouraged to help keep roadways safe by calling 9-1-1 if they see a suspected impaired driver.

Funding for this operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety.

Provided by the San Diego Sheriff's Department.

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Rancho San Diego - September 10, 2011

The California Highway Patrol announced Thursday that they will conduct a sobriety checkpoint on Saturday, Sept. 10 in Rancho San Diego.

The CHP, along with certified experts, will be on hand to spot drivers suspected of drug and alcohol use. They will be equipped with testing equipment to measure blood alcohol levels.

"Each year members of our community are needlessly maimed and killed on our roads and highways. Our goal is to ensure the safe passage of each and every motorist by targeting roads where there is a high frequency of drunk driving," said Capt. Lisa Wrobel, El Cajon area Commander. "A sobriety checkpoint is an effective tool in the battle against drunk driving and is designed to augment the existing patrol operations. By publicizing our efforts we believe that we can deter motorist from drinking and driving."

The checkpoint will be operated from 7 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

Provided by the San Diego Patch

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San Diego DUI Crackdown - starting August 19, 2011 - Labor Day

San Diego County Launches Intensive Crackdown on Impaired Driving. Law Enforcement Isn't Easing Up; Everyone Found Driving Over the Limit Will Be Arrested

Sheriff Bill Gore announced today his Department will join nearly 10,000 other law enforcement agencies nationwide in support of an intensive crackdown on impaired driving from August 19 to September 5, known as "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over."

DUI/Driver License Checkpoints are scheduled at the following locations, beginning at 7:00 p.m. each night, in partnership with law enforcement nationwide during the Summer/Labor Day Campaign:

• August 19th San Marcos City Limits

• August 19th Vista City Limits

• August 26th Poway City Limits

• August 27th Santee City Limits

• September 2nd Lemon Grove City Limits

• September 2nd San Marcos City Limits

• September 3rd Imperial Beach City Limits

• September 4th Poway City Limits

The crime of impaired driving is a serious one. In 2009 alone, 10,839 people died in crashes in which a driver or motorcycle rider was at or above the legal limit, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The age group with the highest percentage of alcohol-impaired driving fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes was the 21 to 24 age group.

"All too often, innocent, law-abiding people suffer tragic consequences and the loss of loved ones due to this careless disregard for human life.

We will be especially vigilant during these high-risk times when impaired drivers are most likely to be on our roads," said Sheriff Bill Gore.

Provided by the San Diego Sheriff's Department.

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San Diego - August 26, 2011

The San Diego Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI checkpoint on Friday, August 26th, 2011 at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m. DUI checkpoints are an enforcement tool proven effective in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol-related crashes, as well as being a valuable means of heightening awareness of the dangers of impaired driving.

Officers will be checking drivers for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Officers will strive to impact motorists only momentarily. If officers suspect that a driver has been drinking or is impaired, they will conduct a field sobriety test. Those who fail can expect jail, vehicle storage fees, license suspension, insurance rate increases, along with fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

Statewide, overall traffic deaths declined by 23%, from 3,995 in 2007 to 3,081 in 2009. Total traffic fatalities are at their lowest levels in six decades, since the federal government began compiling figures. According to federal statistics, DUI deaths declined by 16%, from 1,132 in 2007 to 950 in 2009. Alcohol-impaired deaths still made up the largest category of overall vehicle fatalities in 2009, with 31% of all deaths caused by a drunk or impaired driver.

"Everyone in California should be heartened with these figures," said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS). "But as encouraging as this is, we can't let up on the efforts to encourage and support traffic safety. You can help make your community safe; if you see a Drunk Driver - Call 9-1-1."

Funding for this and other DUI checkpoints 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.

Provided by the Mission Valley News.

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San Marcos - August 19, 2011

The San Marcos Sheriff's Station Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the city of San Marcos on Friday August 19, 2011 between the hours of 7:30 p.m. and 3:00 a.m.
The Department is continuing its ongoing campaign to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol involved crashes. D.U.I checkpoints are conducted to identify offenders and get them off the street, as well as bring awareness to our community of the dangers of impaired driving.

Over the course of the past three years, D.U.I collisions have claimed 2 lives and resulted in 77 injury crashes harming 106 of our friends and neighbors [75 D.U.I related collisions in 2010 with 28 injuries, 80 D.U.I related collisions in 2009 with 35 injuries, and 92 D.U.I related collisions in 2008 with 36 injuries and 2 fatalities. In 2011, there has already been 23 D.U.I related collisions with 9 people injured].

Everyone can assist in preventing this crime from ever occurring. If you are planning a gathering or celebration with alcohol included, or if you are out on the town, plan ahead and designate a non-drinking sober driver. A D.U.I arrest costs upwards of $10,000, time in jail and the loss or your driver's license, including years of increased insurance rates.

Statewide, overall traffic deaths declined by 23 percent, from 3,995 in 2007 to 3,081 in 2009. Total traffic fatalities are at their lowest levels in six decades, when the federal government began compiling figures. D.U.I deaths declined by 16 percent, from 1,132 in 2007 to 950 in 2009.
Alcohol impaired deaths still make up the largest category of overall vehicle fatalities, with 31 percent of all deaths caused by a drunk driver. A D.U.I checkpoint is a proven effective method to lower these numbers. Additionally, drivers will be checked to ensure that they have a valid driver's license.

Funding for this operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Remember, everyone is encouraged to help keep our roadways safe; Report Drunk Drivers - Call 911!

Provided by the San Marcos Police Department.

Chula Vista - August 20, 2011

CHULA VISTA, CA - The Chula Vista Police Department today announced it will join nearly 10,000 other law enforcement agencies nationwide in support of an intensive crackdown on impaired driving August 19 - September 5, known as "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over." 

A DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint is scheduled for August 20, 2011 at an undisclosed location within the city limits beginning at 6:00 PM in partnership with law enforcement nationwide during the Summer/Labor Day Campaign. 

The crime of impaired driving is a serious one. In 2009 alone, 10,839 people died in crashes in which a driver or motorcycle rider was at or above the legal limit, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The age group with the highest percentage of alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes was the 21-to-24 age group. 

All too often, innocent, law-abiding people suffer tragic consequences and the loss of loved ones due to this careless disregard for human life. Because we're committed to ending the carnage, we're intensifying enforcement during the crackdown. Since twice as many alcohol-impaired accidents occur over the weekend and four times as many occur at night, we will be especially vigilant during these high-risk times when impaired drivers are most likely to be on our roads. 

San Diego County Avoid the Fourteen will also deploy DUI Driver's License Checkpoints, Multi Agency DUI Task Force operations and local Roving DUI patrols during 18 day Summer/Labor Day Campaign. 

Our message is simple and unwavering: if we find you driving impaired, we will arrest you. No exceptions! Even if you beat the odds and manage to walk away from an impaired-driving crash alive, the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for driving while impaired can still destroy your life. 

According to Chula Vista PD, violators will face jail time, loss of their driver licenses, or being sentenced to use ignition interlocks. Their insurance rates go up. Other financial hits include attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of job or job prospects. When family, friends and co-workers find out, violators can also face tremendous personal embarrassment and humiliation. 

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Escondido - August 12, 2011

The Escondido Police Department will be conducting sobriety enforcement this weekend, to include a DUI/Driver's License checkpoint(s).

All too often, members of our community are senselessly injured or killed on local roadways by impaired drivers. By publicizing these enforcement and education efforts, the Escondido Police Department believes motorists can be deterred from drinking and driving.

Funding for this operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Provided by the Escondido Police Department

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Chula Vista - August 12, 2011

[Chula Vista, CA] - The problem of impaired driving is a serious one. While America has witnessed a decline in the number of DUI fatalities in recent years, the numbers are still too high. The Chula Vista Police Department is working together with the Avoid the 14 - San Diego County DUI Task Force in support of crackdown on impaired driving.
Together the Chula Vista Police Department and the San Diego County Avoid the 14 DUI Task Force will be conducted a Driving Under the Influence and Driver's License checkpoint within the city limits of Chula Vista on Friday, August 12, 2011. The DUI and Driver's License checkpoint is expected to operate from 8 P.M. until 2 A.M.
The checkpoint will be staffed by DUI trained Deputy Sheriffs and Police Officers representing the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Chula Vista Police Department, National City Police Department, Coronado Police Department, San Diego Police Department, Oceanside Police Department, San Diego State Police Department, UC San Diego Police Department and San Diego County DUI Probation Team.
Police, Sheriff and the CHP encourage all motorists to help make your community safer: Report Drunk Drivers - Call 911. Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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San Marcos  - August 5, 2011

The San Marcos Sheriff's Station Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the city of San Marcos on Friday August 5, 2011 between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m.
The Department is continuing its ongoing campaign to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol involved crashes. D.U.I checkpoints are conducted to identify offenders and get them off the street, as well as bring awareness to our community of the dangers of impaired driving.

Over the course of the past three years, D.U.I collisions have claimed 2 lives and resulted in 72 injury crashes harming 99 of our friends and neighbors [75 D.U.I related collisions in 2010 with 28 injuries, 80 D.U.I related collisions in 2009 with 35 injuries, and 92 D.U.I related collisions in 2008 with 36 injuries and 2 fatalities.].
Everyone can assist in preventing this crime from ever occurring. If you are planning a gathering or celebration with alcohol included, or if you are out on the town, plan ahead and designate a non-drinking sober driver. A D.U.I arrest costs upwards of $10,000, time in jail and the loss or your driver's license, including years of increased insurance rates.

Statewide, overall traffic deaths declined by 23 percent, from 3,995 in 2007 to 3,081 in 2009. Total traffic fatalities are at their lowest levels in six decades, when the federal government began compiling figures. D.U.I deaths declined by 16 percent, from 1,132 in 2007 to 950 in 2009.

Alcohol impaired deaths still make up the largest category of overall vehicle fatalities, with 31 percent of all deaths caused by a drunk driver. A D.U.I checkpoint is a proven effective method to lower these numbers. Additionally, drivers will be checked to ensure that they have a valid driver's license.

Funding for this operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Remember, everyone is encouraged to help keep our roadways safe; Report Drunk Drivers - Call 911!

Provided by the San Diego Sheriff's Department

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Lemon Grove  - August 5, 2011

Date of Occurrence: 8/5/2011
Time of Occurrence: 7:00 P.M. to 2:00 A.M.
Location of Incident: 6900 Block of Broadway, Lemon Grove
SYNOPSIS:
On the night of 8-05-2011, between the hours of 7:00 PM and 2:00 AM, deputies from the San Diego Sheriff's Department Lemon Grove Station will be conducting a DUI sobriety and driver license checkpoint near the 6900 block of Broadway in the city of Lemon Grove. The checkpoint will be staffed by approximately 15 DUI trained sheriff deputies. The purpose of the checkpoint is to remove impaired and/or unlicensed drivers from the roadway, public education and deterrence thereby increasing the safety of all drivers and allowing for a safer driving environment. The checkpoint is funded by a grant from the State Office of Traffic Safety.


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Vista - July 29, 2011

Vista, CA - The Sand Diego Sheriff's Department - Vista Station Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint on July 29th at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 7:00 PM to 2:00 AM.

The Department is continuing its ongoing campaign to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol involved crashes. DUI checkpoints are conducted to identify offenders and get them off the street, as well as bring awareness to our community of the dangers of impaired driving.
Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed 6 lives and resulted in 63 injury crashes harming 85 of our friends and neighbors.

Everyone can assist in preventing this crime from ever occurring. If you are planning a gathering or celebration with alcohol included, or if you are out on the town, plan ahead and designate a non-drinking sober driver. A DUI arrest costs upwards of $10,000, time in jail and the loss or your driver's license, including years of increased insurance rates.

Statewide, overall traffic deaths declined by 23 percent, from 3,995 in 2007 to 3,081 in 2009. Total traffic fatalities are at their lowest levels in six decades, when the federal government began compiling figures. DUI deaths declined by 16 percent; from 1,132 in 2007 to 950 in 2009.

Alcohol impaired deaths still make up the largest category of overall vehicle fatalities, with 31 percent of all deaths caused by a drunk driver. A DUI checkpoint is a proven effective method to lower these numbers. Additionally, drivers will be checked to ensure that they have a valid driver's license.

Funding for this operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Remember, everyone is encouraged to help keep our roadways safe; Report Drunk Drivers - Call 911!

Provided by theSan Diego Sheriff

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Escondido - July 29, 2011

The Escondido Police Department will be conducting a Sobriety / Drivers License Checkpoint in the City of Escondido on Friday night, July 29, 2011, from 6:00 PM until 12:00 Midnight.

The emphasis of the checkpoint will be to detect drunk drivers and those with suspended, revoked, or no driver license and to continue our education / awareness campaign on the dangers of driving impaired.

This checkpoint is an effort to continue the Escondido Police Department's commitment to traffic safety by reducing the number of people killed and injured in alcohol-involved collisions.

The checkpoint is being conducted in conjunction with the North County Law Enforcement Traffic Safety Council, the San Diego County DUI Probation Team, and Mothers against Drunk Driving.

Funding for this operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Provided by the Escondido Police Department

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San Diego - July 16, 2011

The San Diego Police Department plans to hold a DUI checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the city between 9 p.m. and 4 a.m. Saturday.

Officers will be conducting field sobriety tests for drivers who have been drinking or appear to be impaired. Such checks are conducted periodically throughout the city and are funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety.

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