A drunk driving checkpoint. Photo courtesy San Diego Sheriff's Department
A drunk driving checkpoint. Photo courtesy San Diego Sheriff’s Department

With Labor Day just over two weeks away, the San Diego Sheriff’s Department is gearing up for a final crackdown on summertime drunk drivers across the county.

Motors should expect increased DUI patrols beginning Friday, and checkpoints in the following cities:

  • Poway – Aug. 21
  • Santee & Imperial Beach – Aug. 28
  • Imperial Beach & San Marcos – Sept. 4
  • Vista – Sept. 5th
  • Encinitas – Sept. 6

“There is no excuse for impaired driving,” said Sheriff Bill Gore. “The sheriff’s department has a zero tolerance policy. You will go to jail if our deputies catch you drinking and driving.”

Gore recommend that if you do drink, be sure to have a designated driver ready or call a taxi. He also reminded San Diegans of the county’s “social host”ordinance, which targets anyone serving alcohol to a minor.

Funding for the Labor Day DUI checkpoints and patrols is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.