San Diego, La Mesa Police Plan Friday Night DUI Checkpoints

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A DUI checkpoint in San Diego County. Courtesy sheriff’s department

Both the San Diego and La Mesa police departments plan Friday night DUI checkpoints amid a high-profile national crackdown.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration‘s annual Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign began Aug. 15 and continues through the Labor Day Weekend.

As part of the campaign, the San Diego Police checkpoint will be set up from 11 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday at an undisclosed location within the city limits.

The La Mesa Police checkpoint will be from 8 p.m. Friday to 2 a.m. Saturday on El Cajon Boulevard.

“The deterrent effect of high visibility enforcement using both DUI checkpoints and DUI saturation patrols has proven to lower the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug impaired crashes,” said La Mesa Police Chief Walt Vasquez.

The San Diego Police have also scheduled DUI saturation patrols for Aug. 25 and 28 and Sept. 3, and other local law enforcement agencies are planning extra efforts to stop drug- and alcohol-impaired driving over the campaign period.

“It’s up to drivers to make the smart decision and drive sober not just for this enforcement period, but every day,” said Officer Mark McCullough “This isn’t about ticketing. This is a campaign to get the message out that driving impaired is illegal and takes lives.”

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