Dave Rice 12:38 p.m., May 21
The San Diego County Avoid Task Force, comprised of local law enforcement agencies, conducted another DUI sweep over Halloween, this time focusing on the 5800 block of Montezuma Road, near San Diego State University.
2,049 vehicles passed through the checkpoint between 7 p.m. and 3 a.m., with 1,268 stopped for screening. Eight arrests were made related to drunk driving, with a ninth offender taken in on a previous DUI warrant. Overall 19 citations were issued, including two to drivers with suspended licenses and eight to unlicensed drivers.
Vehicle impounds were down, with the Sheriff’s Department reporting only 10 auto seizures, roughly correlating to the number of arrests. Law enforcement has come under fire from community groups around the county, particularly in the northern city of Escondido, for using the checkpoints as a means of raising revenue by impounding the vehicles of drivers cited for other offenses than driving under the influence. In response, the stops are now described as “driver’s license/DUI checkpoints,” and officers have frequently allowed a licensed, sober driver to remove the vehicle of a driver being cited, thus reducing impound rates.