Be careful this holiday weekend. This is a few of many DUI checkpoints around San Diego county.
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.
San Diego County sheriff’s deputies from the Lemon Grove substation will staff a DUI checkpoint Saturday night to Sunday morning.
The checkpoint will be staffed in the 7600 block of Lemon Grove, between 8 p.m. to 3 a.m.
The checkpoint will be staffed by about 13 DUI trained sheriff’s deputies. The purpose of the checkpoint is to remove impaired and unlicensed drivers from the roads, provide public education, and deterrence thereby increasing the safety of all drivers and allowing for a safer driving environment.
Funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) in conjunction with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), we remind you and your friends to take every precaution to avoid driving drunk by planning ahead and designating a sober driver.
Any questions about the DUI Checkpoint can be directed to Sergeant Michelle McPhail, of the Lemon Grove Substation Traffic Unit, at 619-337-2000.
If you are charged with a San Diego DUI or other Criminal offense, you need to call our firm immediately. We are available to take action on your case today. Please email or call us at 858-751-4384 or email me at [email protected] to schedule a free consultation. The key is to be proactive.
The full article can be found here.