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15 Arrests Made in Countywide Drunken Driving Crackdown

Fourteen checkpoints were set up throughout the region.

Fifteen people were arrested for drunken driving at 14 checkpoints or special deployments countywide that ended early Sunday.

"The Summer/Labor Day National Anti-DUI Crackdown has resulted in a significant number of DUI arrests from local routine traffic enforcement," said Lt. David Gilmore of San Diego County Sheriff's Department in a statement. "Last year there was one alcohol-related death during the Labor Day Mobilization. There were no alochol-related deaths reported for this time period this year."

The crackdown was part of the AVOID, Anti-DUI Program launched in 1973 to bring law enforcement officers together in countywide clusters to catch drinking drivers and reduce the number of deaths and injuries from alcohol- related crashes. Program funding from state grants allows counties to add overtime hours, reassign officers and conduct public-awareness campaigns during increased drunken driving enforcement periods.

The overall goal of the awareness campaign is to let drivers know about increased enforcement periods warning drivers their only way to "avoid" officers is to drive sober.

Increased drunken driving enforcement periods are launched mid-August through Labor Day, mid-December through New Year's and during high traffic holiday periods on Memorial Day and Independence Day weekends.

AVOID DUI patrols are also deployed on other such high-incident nights as Halloween, Super Bowl Sunday, St. Patrick's Day and Cinco De Mayo during the rest of the year.

-City News Service

Brian August 21, 2012 at 07:32 PM
I have mixed feelings about checkpoints. I have watched them in action and they can be incredibly inefficient. Take the cops standing around and spread them into the neighborhood for more police coverage. Contrary to reports more people die of reckless driving than drunk driving. Blanket the neighborhood instead of half a block.
Rich Stone August 21, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Make the punishment so extreme, lose your license for life, $10,000 fine, 2 years in jail, first time, 2nd time, double it.Look at what the prisons are full of, drunk drivers are criminals, don't candy coat the crime.
Jay Berman August 28, 2012 at 01:06 AM
They can bust you for DUI below .08 ... you can be a .04 and they can arrest you and put you through hell .. there are 2 laws ... driving under the infuence that can mean anything and driving while .08 and above ... one beer and a cop that had a bad day .. a minor accident that's not your fault IS even if you have the smallest amount of alcohol in your system ..
Jim September 02, 2012 at 05:47 PM
One thing missing from the article. How many citizens were inconvenienced for the 15 arrests? My guess would be in the neighborhood of 12,000-15,000. How many folks left bars downtown and drove home with a BAC of .08+ that were not stopped? These check points are not the answer unless they are set up between the bars and the freeways. But we all know that will never happen, it would take too much money from the Bars.
James Jones September 02, 2012 at 08:00 PM
I'm all for getting drunk drivers off the streets but we paid for time and personnel for 14 checkpoints so we could arrest 15 people?

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