A San Diego Police DUI checkpoint. Courtesy SDPD

Police arrested nine motorists on DUI charges during a checkpoint they conducted near SeaWorld late Saturday and early Sunday.

The Memorial Day weekend checkpoint, at 2600 Ingraham St., began at 11 p.m. Saturday and continued through 3 a.m. San Diego police led the effort, with officers from the Chula Vista Police Department assisting.

According to statistics from the checkpoint released by San Diego police, of the 806 vehicles that passed through, 544 vehicles were screened and 13 drivers were evaluated.

In addition to the DUI arrests, nine vehicles were impounded and two citations were issued.

Police said checkpoints are placed in locations where they see the greatest opportunity for deterring drunk and drugged driving, while also raising awareness of the problem.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, checkpoints have provided the most effective results of any DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent.

Police were scheduled to conduct another checkpoint Sunday night at an undisclosed location. San Diego County Sheriff’s deputies also are increasing DUI enforcement this holiday weekend.

The checkpoint operations are funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration.

– Staff reports

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