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

The San Diego Police Department Traffic Division conducted a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint on Feb. 14, at 1400 G Street between the hours of 10:55 p.m. and 3:05 a.m.  

Officers from the Chula Vista Police Department, and the National City Police Department assisted in this collaborative effort. Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public.   

DUI/Drivers License checkpoints have been shown to lower DUI deaths and injuries.  A major component of these checkpoints are the deterrent effects it has on those who might drive drunk or drugged impaired, bringing about more awareness and encouraging everyone to use sober designated drivers.  

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent.  Ninety percent of California drivers approve of checkpoints.

1616 Total vehicles through checkpoint

918 Vehicles Screened

18 Drivers evaluated

9 DUI-Alcohol suspects arrested in or near the checkpoint

1 DUI-Drug impaired suspects arrested

0 Suspects arrested for illegal drugs (possession/transportation/sales)

1 Arrested on other Criminal Charges (2800.2 CVC, 12500A CVC)

0 Drivers cited/arrested for operating a vehicle unlicensed or while suspended/revoked

0 Citations issued

9 Vehicle impounds

Law Enforcement emphasizes the preventable nature of drunk driving, reminding everyone that all it takes is a little planning ahead. Designate a sober driver or call a cab. But whatever you do, don’t drink and drive. The California Office of Traffic Safety DDVIP (Designated Driver VIP) mobile App is now available for free download on iOS and Android devices.

Launched last year, the new DDVIP app offers enhanced features, allowing users to “Map a Spot” with their current location to find DDVIP partnering establishments in their area or a “List of Spots” to search all participating bars and restaurants throughout California. Users will be offered free incentives at each bar to celebrate their life saving role.  

They can stay up-to-date with the latest from DDVIP and see what other users are saying via its social tab. Also through the App, for those who want to imbibe but also make it a point to plan ahead, users can easily order a sober ride from Uber, Lyft or Curb – all from one screen.

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000 not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out.

The San Diego Police Department will be conducting another DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint or DUI saturation Patrol on Feb. 15, in its ongoing commitment to lowering deaths and injuries upon our streets and highways.

The checkpoint was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to “Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1.”