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

San Diego Sheriff”s deputies arrested four drivers on suspicion of drunk driving at an overnight checkpoint Friday in Poway.

More than 1,100 vehicles passed through the checkpoint in the 12100 block of Poway Road between 7 p.m. Friday and 3 a.m. Saturday, and deputies stopped 577 for inspection.

Four drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage and booked into jail. There were four citations issued to unlicensed drivers and two for driving on a suspended license. Two drivers were cited for violations of their provisional driver’s licenses and one for possession of marijuana.

This checkpoint was funded by a grant obtained through the California Office of Traffic Safety.

The sheriff’s department plans a series of checkpoints in the period before Labor Day to educate the public about the dangers of drinking and driving. Drivers who went through the primary screening area in Poway were given information about social host ordinances.

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Chris Jennewein

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