Local cities secure new funding for DUI checkpoints
A handful of local cities have secured state and national funding to thwart drunk driving through an expansion of the "DUI/driver's license checkpoint" program that establishes evening roadblocks where drivers are stopped and asked for identification and screened for signs of intoxication.
According to San Diego sheriff's Lt. Julius Faulkner, the cities of Del Mar, Encinitas, Imperial Beach, Lemon Grove, Poway, San Marcos, Santee, Solana Beach, and Vista were recently awarded a total of $307,076 from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration through the California Office of Traffic Safety to continue the checkpoint program.
Opponents of the checkpoints (frequently DUI defense lawyers) have argued that the checkpoints could be considered unconstitutional and have in the past shown to be frequently less effective at curbing drunk driving than other enforcement methods.
Nonetheless, authorities are ready to put the new money to work — a news release from deputy Austyn Elmone Thursday afternoon (November 14) announced that a checkpoint will be erected at an undisclosed location in Poway on Saturday night from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m.