The San Diego County DUI Law Center published an article yesterday warning folks to be careful after the Del Mar California races let out.  DUI Attorney Rick Mueller posted this San Diego drunk driving enforcement action on his Checkpoint page of this site.  10 people were still arrested, say San Diego California DUI lawyers.

San Diego Police Department, San Diego California sheriff’s Department,  National City Police Department, Chula Vista Police Department, Escondido Police Department, La Mesa Police Department, San Diego State University Police Department, and Univeristy of California San Diego Police Department, were patrolling the California DUI Enforcement Patrol to crackdown on drunk driving in an effort to lower deaths and injuries in and around the Del Mar Race Track on the Opening Day of the racing season.

The AVOID Agencies had 21 deputies and officers who conduct 111 traffic stops, where 25 people were evaluated for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and ten people were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. Three drivers were cited for driving on a suspended driver’s license and one driver was cited for driving without a driver’s license. 45 traffic citations were issued and ten vehicles impounded.

The “Zero Tolerance” DUI Saturation Patrol targeting those who still don’t heed the message to designate a sober driver before their celebrations begins. Funding for this program is through a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

I have no idea why it’s zero tolerance (.01%) when the legal limit is .08% if you are 21 or more!

Impaired-driving crashes killed more than 10,000 people in 2010, accounting for 31 percent of all traffic-related fatalities in the United States. That’s an average of one alcohol-impaired-driving fatality every 51 minutes. Even without a crash, there are numerous consequences as a result of being caught driving impaired, such as jail time, insurance hikes, loss of driver’s license, embarrassment, and costs up to $10,000, just to name a few.

The DUI Saturation Patrols were deploying in and around the Del Mar Race Track, in the cities of Del Mar, Solana Beach, Encinitas, and San Diego, starting at approximately 4:00 p.m. and went until midnight.
Police, Sheriff and the CHP encourage all motorists to watch and report impaired drivers each and every trip around town or during summer vacations: Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1! anytime motorists encounter that dangerous driver. Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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