Oceanside police officers were surprised on the evening of June 6, after they set up a DUI checkpoint and no derelict drivers showed. Over a four-hour period starting at 9:30 p.m., on Oceanside Boulevard at Vine Street, officers interacted with 335 motorists. Not one was arrested for DUI.
“It’s the first time it’s ever happened.” said department spokesperson Lt. Cosby.
Officers also reported an increase of intoxicated persons coming through the checkpoint with a designated driver or in a taxi.
Of the motorists that were asked to take a field sobriety test, all passed. The checkpoint was not a waste of time, however, as officers cited 16 motorists, generally for seatbelt, cell-phone, or child-seat violations.
Additionally, seven vehicles were seized and towed, for driving on a suspended license, never having been issued a valid license, or past-due vehicle registration. Impoundment is required for 30 days.