A Friday night D.U.I. checkpoint in San Marcos yielded zero arrests for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

A San Diego County Sheriff’s Cruiser. Photo by Chris Stone

Approximately 566 cars went through the checkpoint, which was set up in the 100 block of West Mission Road in the city of San Marcos.

Although no D.U.I. arrests were made, sheriff’s deputies issued 27 citations for a number of violations, including possession of marijuana in the vehicle, driving with an open alcohol container, and driving without a license.

“A major component of these checkpoints is the deterrent effect it has on those who might drive drunk or drug impaired, bringing about more awareness and encouraging everyone to use sober designated drivers,” a sheriff’s department press release stated. “According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the D.U.I. enforcement strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent.”

One vehicle was also impounded because the driver had a suspended license.

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