San Diego Sheriff's Department
A Sheriff’s traffic checkpoint. Photo credit: Courtesy, San Diego Sheriff’s Department

The state has awarded the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department a $440,000 grant that will fund a year’s worth of special operations, including DUI checkpoints.

The grant, from the California Office of Traffic Safety, in part is intended to to stop drivers under the influence of alcohol and drugs. 

The department plans:

  • DUI checkpoints and patrols focused on impaired drivers.
  • Enforcement operations to stop distracted drivers in violation of California’s hands-free cell phone law.
  • Bicycle and pedestrian safety enforcement operations focused on driver behaviors that put vulnerable road users at risk.
  • Enforcement operations focused on top violations that cause crashes, including speeding, failure to yield, stop sign and/or red-light running, and improper turns or lane changes.
  • Community education presentations on traffic safety issues, including distracted driving, DUI, speeding, and bicycle and pedestrian safety.
  • Collaborative enforcement efforts with neighboring agencies.
  • Officer training and/or recertification, including on field sobriety tests, impaired driving enforcement and drug recognition.

“We are proud to continue our partnership with the California Office of Traffic Safety,” said Sheriff Bill Gore. “This grant will make it possible for the Sheriff’s Department to raise awareness about driving safety and help keep our communities safe.”

This year, more than 5,300 people have been arrested for impaired driving in the county.  Nearly 700 of those arrests have been made by Sheriff’s deputies.

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