Checkpoints Scheduled Throughout Region During New Year's Eve Weekend

San Diego County residents can expect various checkpoints to catch suspected drunken drivers.

Checkpoints are scheduled to be set up around San Diego County this weekend and again on New Year's Eve to catch suspected drunken drivers.

Police officers in El Cajon scheduled a checkpoint from about 6 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday in an effort to reduce the number of people injured or killed in alcohol- or drug-related crashes and to ensure drivers had valid licenses, according to Monica Zech, the city's public information officer.

Among the checkpoint's components were to increase awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and to encourage the use of sober designated drivers. By publicizing the enforcement and education efforts, police believe motorists could be deterred from drunken or drugged driving, Zech said.

The Escondido Police Department will also conduct a checkpoint Friday, Lt. Tom Albergo said.

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

"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 San Diego Police Department's Traffic Unit planned checkpoints from 9 p.m. Saturday to 3:30 a.m. Sunday, and again starting at 9 p.m. Monday at undisclosed locations within the city, according to San Diego police Officer Mark McCullough.

Officers would contact drivers to check for signs of alcohol or drug impairment and when possible, specially trained officers would evaluate those suspected of drugged driving, the officer said.

"Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed 60 lives and resulted in 2,518 injury crashes harming 4,992 of our friends and neighbors," McCullough said, adding checkpoints' deterrent effect was a proven resource in reducing the number of people injured or killed in alcohol- or drug- related crashes.

-City News Service

Komfort December 29, 2012 at 12:09 AM
Maybe the cops should knock on every door instead.
Kevin George December 29, 2012 at 12:20 AM
Hey pal, if you don't have anything to hide......:)
Mark December 29, 2012 at 02:58 PM
I don't object to the alcohol checkpoints. They are a minor inconvenience. The law is quite clear about this, they must post well in advance the locations of the checkpoints. So if any average Joe wants to avoid a checkpoint, it's easy to do. This is far from Nazi Germany. Nobody is being asked to show documentation, unless you're going to be arrested. The bigger problem here is how to take drunk drivers off the road? I would not object to seeing checkpoints set up near every liquor store and bars. Problem is too many liquor stores and bars. Drive sober and stay safe. This message has been brought to you by someone who has been crashed into by drunks. BTW drunks without insurance.
Komfort December 29, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Were you driving by a bar or a liquor store when you were crashed into? I understand some people drink at home. Should we set up checkpoints in every neighborhood or just the ones you drive thru?
Things I Learned December 29, 2012 at 03:10 PM


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