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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.

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CaptainObvious June 21, 2014 @ 9:29 a.m.

You can get a "dui checkpoint" app for your phone. Why are they surprised? Perhaps it's time to stop announcing checkpoints.


jnojr June 23, 2014 @ 2:59 p.m.

It's time to stop having them. Stopping people with no reasonable suspicion, let alone probable cause, for the sole purpose of having them show their papers and try to find a way to lock them in a cage is distinctly un-American.

It's been a long time since I've been through a mobile Checkpoint Charlie, but I do not volunteer anything. "Am I being detained, or am I free to go?"


Ken Harrison June 24, 2014 @ 7:53 a.m.

The last DUI check point I went thru, it took all of 5 seconds. Cops can determine if there is a need for additional questions in that time frame. And unlike TSA or border patrol in the desert, they don't check everyone, the courts require it be random checking, like every 5th car, that it be publicized so no one can claim entrapment, and that there always be an "out", as in one can make a right turn just before the check point, if they are sober enough to see that. I did a story a few years ago at an accident scene where 3 drivers where arrested for DUI when they couldn't follow simple directions by CHP, upon driving up to the closed road, in simply making a U-turn. So in the meantime keep posting your "No Questions, Am I free to go" videos. They are hilarious.


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