Warning to drivers planning on drinking this weekend: Police will be on the prowl for drunk drivers.
San Diego Police will set up a checkpoint within the city on Friday and Saturday nights — Nov. 22 and 23 — between the hours of 10:30 p.m. and 3 a.m.
The specific location of the checkpoint will not be announced. Police say they choose locations based on collision and DUI statistics as well as the logistical safety of the officers and drivers.
As they check for licensing, officers will also be screening drivers for signs of impairment by alcohol or drugs. When possible, specially trained officers will be on hand to evaluate drivers suspected of being under the influence of drugs, according to a police department press release.
At a DUI checkpoint on First Avenue downtown last weekend, police arrested 11 drivers on suspicion of driving under the influence and impounded 12 vehicles, according to CBS 8.
Of the 1,671 vehicles that went through the checkpoint, officers screened 1,031 of them and detained 20 of them for further evaluation of their sobriety, CBS reported.
Drunk drivers continue to be a problem in San Diego. A driver suspected of DUI crashed into a patrol car and injured a police officer in Encanto on Nov. 20, the U-T reported.
A week earlier in Oceanside, a drunk driver collided with a tree, killing a passenger and tearing the car in half, according to CBS 8. The driver, a man in his early 20s, may be charged with manslaughter for the death of his passenger, CBS reported.
The total cost of a DUI — including jail time, fines, legal fees, DUI classes and other related expenses — often reaches $10,000. With that in mind, police advise anyone who has been drinking to save the money and spend a few extra dollars on a cab ride if a sober driver cannot be found.
Officers are typically paid overtime for their work at DUI checkpoints. Funding for San Diego Police Department’s DUI checkpoints comes from a grant by the California Office of Traffic Safety via the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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