The San Diego Police Department announced that a DUI and drivers license checkpoint will be set up at an undisclosed location beginning at 11 p.m. on Tuesday night.
It’s common for the SDPD to announce overnight checkpoints without revealing the location, as part of an effort to discourage people from drinking and driving. As per the usual setup, the location will be picked based on collision and arrest statistics. The checkpoint will be active until 3 a.m. on Wednesday morning.
Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment with and also checking drivers for proper licensing, delaying motorists only momentarily. When the public is well-informed about upcoming DUI checkpoints, this has been proven to reduce DUI crashes by 20 percent, according to the SDPD.
Over the past three years officers have investigated 2,381 DUI collisions in California, which killed 19 people and injured another 2,257, according to the SDPD.
The California Office of Traffic Safety (COTS) offers a free mobile app called Designated Driver VIP (DDVIP) that allows users to “Map a Spot” with their current location. That helps users find other sober drivers in the area. It also connects users with other ride sharing services such as Uber, Lyft or Curb, through one screen.
Funding for the checkpoint is provided by a grant from the COTSD through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.