There is always a balance when discussing using taxpayer dollars. In this case we can talk about this particular checkpoint. That night tens of thousands of dollars was spent at the checkpoint. The goal was to stop San Diego DUI drivers. Almost 1,300 vehicles went through and only two were San Diego DUI. The rest was citations and impounds (lovely money maker BTW).
On one hand there is an obvious public safety interest in DUIs and some will say the threat of the checkpoint alone is worth the cost. Others point that this location may not have been the best for a checkpoint. The other side is that there is more pressing police costs that is more important. We constantly hear there is no money for items like body cameras and dash cams. However, hundreds of thousands per year go into checkpoints. I see both sides. I actually believe Saturation patrols is more effective than checkpoints. Just a topic for discussion in the news. Have a great day. _____________________________________________________________________________]
Police conducted a sobriety/driver’s license checkpoint in Escondido Friday night that netted two arrests, 43 citations and nine impounded vehicles.
The DUI stop was held in the area of Valley Parkway and Juniper Street, Escondido Police Lt. Justin Murphy said.
A total of 1,228 vehicles were screened during the operation and 64 vehicles were sent to a secondary screening because the driver could not provide officers with a valid license or the motorist was suspected of driving under the influence.
The secondary screening resulted in two people getting arrested for allegedly driving under the influence, Murphy said. Officers also issued 43 citations during the operation, seven for driving with a suspended license, 26 for unlicensed drivers and 10 for not having insurance. Nine vehicles were also impounded.
Funding for this checkpoint was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safetythrough the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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