Updated at 10:35 a.m., Sunday Apr. 17
Four drivers were arrested on Saturday night for drunk driving, and one driver was arrested for being under the influence of drugs at DUI checkpoints in Encinitas and Chula Vista.
One DUI/Driver License checkpoint was held in the 1800 block of South Coast Highway 101 from 7:43 p.m. on Saturday to 1:00 a.m. on Sunday, according to the North Coastal Sheriff’s station. Two drivers were arrested for DUIs and one for driving under the influence of drugs at the Encinitas checkpoint.
Over 600 drivers went through the checkpoint, said Corporal Brenda Sipley from the San Diego Sheriff’s department. A total of 33 cars were sent to a secondary screening area for a deeper investigation.
Seven drivers went through field sobriety tests, said Sipley. Two of these drivers had been drinking, but were under the legal limit. Four drivers were cited for driving without a license and one driver for using a suspended driver license. There were also four vehicles impounded at the checkpoint.
In Chula Vista, police set up a checkpoint in the 600 block of Telegraph Canyon Road from 7 p.m. Saturday until 1 a.m. on Sunday. A total of 1,558 vehicles drove through the checkpoint and 1,032 were screened, according to police. Five drivers were given field sobriety tests resulting in two arrests for drunk driving.
Five vehicles were impounded, 10 drivers were cited for driving without a license or on a suspended license and another 27 drivers were given tickets for various vehicle code violations, police said.
Chula Vista Police on Sunday also announced the results of a distracted driver operation they held on Friday night from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. in an effort to crackdown on texting while driving. A total of 79 vehicles were pulled over by officers on roving patrol, resulting in tickets for 28 drivers for texting. Another 38 drivers were cited for talking on their cell phones while driving, according to police.
Four vehicles were impounded and four drivers were ticketed for driving without a license or on a suspended license. Eight additional drivers were cited for other traffic violations like speeding, tinted windows, expired registration and sign violations.
The checkpoint was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, said Sipley. Its purpose was to remove drunk drivers from the streets, educate the community and increase public safety.
City News Service contributed to this article.