Multiple agencies is patrolling the area during the race season. It is key that if you drink you need to find an alternative to driving. Many people from the track head south towards Carmel Valley, Pacific Beach, or elsewhere in San Diego. If you head north to Encinitas and Carlsbad the officers will be patrolling the area heavily. Do not tempt fate and drive. There is nothing against just putting back the seat and taking a nap. Just make sure a fun day ends with a fun day. Multiple agencies from Chula Vista to the CHP is here ready for DUI enforcement. Have a great summer.
Law enforcement officers from various departments throughout the South County collared 13 people suspected of drunken driving on the first day of the Del Mar racing season, authorities said.
Deputies from the San Diego Sheriff’s Department — in partnership with police from Chula Vista Escondido, National City, San Diego and San Diego County Probation, SDSU Police Department, and UC San Diego Police Department — conducted DUI Enforcement Patrols in and around the Del Mar Race track.
The season opened on Thursday, July 17, with the 20th annual Hats Contest.
Racing enthusiasts are allowed to take in alcohol during the season.
The purpose of the DUI Enforcement Patrols was to deter drinking and driving and remove impaired drivers from the public highways, officials said.
The AVOID Agencies had 14 teams of deputies and officers who conducted 183 traffic stops, evaluated 36 people for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and arrested 13 people for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol.
One of the drivers arrested for alleged DUI was also charged with possession of metal knuckles. In addition, one person was cited for alleged possession of marijuana.
Officers handed out 50 traffic tickets and impounded four vehicles.
Funding for this program came through a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Residents are urged to call 9-1-1 when they spot impaired or reckless drivers.