San Diego DUI criminal defense attorneys at www.SanDiegoDUIlawyer.com and www.SanDiegoDrunkDrivingAttorney.net warn of checkpoints this weekend in San Diego County.
Escondido police say they plan to increase the number of California DUI checkpoints in the city over the next year.
The department plans to conduct 12 California DUI checkpoints during the next 12 months – an increase of three over the past two years, when it set up nine each year.
Officers will work overtime to operate the California drunk driving checkpoints, which will be paid for using two-thirds of a $263,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety.
Over the past two years, 47,699 cars passed through the city’s California DUI checkpoints, Ray said. Under constitutional restrictions, police aren’t allowed to stop all drivers, but they did stop 20,284, Ray said.
Police ask drivers for valid licenses. They also look for signs of intoxication. If a driver has young children, they check to see whether they are in car seats.
California DUI police gave 216 field sobriety tests at the California drunk driving checkpoints over the past two years and made 69 California DUI arrests. He said 839 drivers had their vehicles impounded for 30 days, most for failing to have a valid driver’s license. Police also made 49 arrests for criminal activity.
The California DUI checkpoints are in addition to the city’s controversial driver’s license checkpoints, which are conducted during daytime hours. Critics have said those checkpoints are a ruse to enforce immigration laws, but police have denied that, saying they are intended primarily to reduce the number of hit-and-run crashes caused by unlicensed drivers.
This year’s grant nearly doubles the amount of money that can be spent on overtime to operate the California DUI checkpoints, patrols for intoxicated drivers and warrant sweeps.
In addition to the California DUI checkpoints, police plan to conduct 10 California DUI patrols. Those patrols have netted 37 California DUI arrests over the past two years.
Police plan to conduct five warrant sweeps related to California DUIs. 218 attempts by Escondido police to serve warrants over the past two years led to 47 California arrests.