Sheriff announces DUI crackdown on St. Patrick’s Day weekend

SAN DIEGO – San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore announced that beginning Friday, March 15 at 6 p.m. through St. Patrick’s Day weekend, a special DUI crackdown will take place countywide.

“The AVOID the 15 DUI Task Force are urging drivers to plan a safe ride home and never get behind the wheel drunk or drugged,” said Gore.

Deputies and officers throughout San Diego County will be on high alert cracking down on drunk drivers as part of its Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over safety campaign.

Deputies and officers will conduct DUI Patrols this Saint Patrick’s Day weekend. In addition to the roaming DUI patrols, DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoints are also planned for: Oceanside, Encinitas, Chula Vista, Imperial Beach, Lemon Grove, Poway, and the City of San Diego.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or NHTSA says more than 700 people were killed nationwide in crashes involving drunk drivers during the Saint Patrick’s Day weekend from 2006 to 2010.

“Whether you are meeting a few friends at the local pub or attending a local event or party, if alcohol is part of the festivities, make sure you designate a sober driver to get you home safely,” said Gore.

Law enforcement officials recommend the following easy steps, for a safe St. Patrick’s Day:

*Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin and designate a sober driver.

*If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to report them ‐ Call 911!

*If you know people who are about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.

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

7 Responses to "Sheriff announces DUI crackdown on St. Patrick’s Day weekend"

  1. Lee   March 14, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    Law Enforcement, terrific and thank you! If it were up to me, you could have DUI checkpoints everyday everywhere! (Of course, it wouldn’t hurt for the State of California to have a 0.0% alcohol level law.)

    Folks, PLEASE do not drink and drive!

  2. Thanks...   March 15, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    for the heads up. Ill take the back roads; no nazi checkpoints for me.

  3. grunt   March 15, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    @thanks – and thank you for doing so – less chance of me being hit by you on the I-15 or other major roads.

  4. Lee   March 16, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    Thanks #2, so what you are saying is that idiots DO exist.

  5. Disgusted   March 17, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Of course if "thanks" takes the back roads and runs into a ditch it will take longer to find him……

  6. citizen   March 17, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    If you are stopped at a DUI/immigration inspection checkpoint remember that your only obligation is to hand the police officer/border patrol agent your registration and driver’s license. You aren’t under any obligation to talk to them or even legally obligated to engage in a field sobriety test. If the officer begins to ask you any questions such as "have you had anything to drink tonight?" or "where are you going to/coming from?" or "are you a US citizen?" or any other question whatsoever, tell the officer you respectfully decline citing your 5th Amendment rights under the Constitution. They can force you to submit to a blood alcohol test if they claim that they believe you are under the influence. You have the right to however specify which test you will submit to (either blood or breath). Always insist on a blood test as the breathalyzer is often times wrong.

    Remember you have rights. Actively asserting those rights is no crime and only by the assertion of rights do we in a free society maintain our rights. Remember the police are not your friends!

  7. Thanks   March 17, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    @citizen. Exactly. Know your rights people. It’s not about getting away with DUI, it’s about being informed.


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