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Deputies conducted a drivers’ license and DUI checkpoint in San Marcos last night, into the early morning hours of today, according to a statement by San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

From 7 p.m. Friday night until 2 a.m. Saturday morning, a total of 2,781 cars passed through a checkpoint in the 1300 block of West San Marcos Boulevard, according to a statement from the Sheriff.

Out of 10 persons “evaluated” for DUI, two were arrested, according to spokeswoman Stephanie Guerra.

In addition, 31 citations were issued for various license violations and 9 vehicles were towed away during the same seven hour period, the evening of December 21 to early December 22.

Funding for the checkpoint was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, according to spokeswoman Stephanie Guerra.

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SurfPuppy619 Dec. 23, 2012 @ 11:10 a.m.

2 arrests out of 2781 checks, or less than 1%, 2/3 of 1% to be exact. This is why the country is bankrupt-spending $$$$ on this type of BS that has a very low ROI for time, effort and money invested.....I guess there is some value to the deterrence, but still a monumental waste of $$$$

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Ponzi Dec. 24, 2012 @ 1:20 p.m.

Sobriety Checkpoints "Sobriety checkpoint stops without individualized suspicion are constitutional. Considering a checkpoint program to detect drunk drivers, the Court noted that each stop lasted approximately 25 seconds. Officers directed any driver who showed signs of insobriety to the side and administered field tests; intoxicated drivers were arrested. The Court held that the magnitude of the government's interest in eradicating the increasing problem of drunken driving outweighed the slight intrusion the stop imposed on all motorists."

Note the court said "eradicating the increasing problem of drunken driving..." Since it's obvious the problem is in decline, the checkpoints are being operated against the courts consent.

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SurfPuppy619 Dec. 24, 2012 @ 7:39 p.m.

I have always disagreed with this decision, just as I have with many others (ie Kelo v New London, Citizens United), and the fact is the law can go either way- as the Constitution can support arguments on either side, which is why the judges appointed to the appeals courts and the SCOTUS are so important. When they have views that are not reflective of the nation as a whole we have big problems.

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