DUI checkpoints begin tonight (Friday) in San Diego County for New Year’s holiday period

SAN DIEGO (Wire Service) – Starting tonight, Friday, Dec. 28, San Diego County police departments plan to stage checkpoints to catch holiday revelers who choose to drink and drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

By publicizing the enforcement and education efforts, police believe motorists could be deterred from drunken or drugged driving.

The Escondido Police Department will conduct a checkpoint later today, EPD Lt. Tom Albergo said.

Seven people were killed and 234 were injured in drunken driving crashes in Escondido over the past three years, according to Albergo.

“DUI checkpoints have been an essential part of the phenomenal reduction in DUI deaths that we witnessed since 2006 in California,” Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the California Office of Traffic Safety, said. “But since the tragedy of DUI accounts for nearly one-third of traffic fatalities, Escondido needs the high visibility enforcement and public awareness that checkpoints provide.”

The police departments have said the checkpoints will be at undisclosed locations throughout the county.

4 Responses to "DUI checkpoints begin tonight (Friday) in San Diego County for New Year’s holiday period"

  1. Me   December 29, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    Yep…while hundreds of cops are standing around all these roadblocks stopping 99.99% completely sober drivers……the real drunks are driving the wrong way on highway 52.

    Knock off the stupid roadblocks….and get those hundreds of cops in their patrol vehicles to look for the REAL drunks…..not wasting their time on sober ones.

  2. Pink   December 30, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    3 little words o advice: TAKE A CAB.

  3. Lee   December 30, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Law enforcement, excellent and thank you! There should be DUI checkpoints EVERYDAY, not just around the holidays. Two, California’s legal alcohol consumption limit should be 0.00% and NOT 0.08%. The law should once and for all state that a driver CANNOT and MAY NOT drive and operate a motor vehicle with ANY alcohol in his/her system. Period. Until that day arrives, there will be more and more people killed as a result of drunken drivers including, unfortunately, during the upcoming few days.

    0.00%! Folks, PLEASE do not drink and drive!

    PS. "Me", you’re an idiot!

  4. here   December 31, 2012 at 10:53 am

    SET ONE UP IN FALLBROOK. Why never in Fallbrook? They would bust so many!


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