4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

No drunks drive through police checkpoint

Still, Oceanside police cite 16 motorists, seize 7 vehicles

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.

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all

Previous article

Why sharks have moved to San Diego

Avoid murky water, travel in groups, aim your board at aggressor
Next Article

Sara Jacobs extends House District 53's foreign junketing

Wealthy politico off to controversial 2022 FIFA World Cup venue

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.

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

Julian's locust trees bloom, watch for warblers and flycatchers

Short-lived golden flower clusters on the silk oaks
Next Article

Tabu Shabu’s shabu shabu not too shabby

Start boiling meats and vegetables, and eventually you’ve made yourself soup
Comments
5

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

June 21, 2014

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?"

June 23, 2014

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.

June 24, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court decision (divided) requires that sobriety checkpoints be announced in advance. They do not have to share the exact location, but agencies must announce when a sobriety checkpoint is going to be conducted. If law enforcement does not follow the rules, all of the cases arising from an illegally conducted checkpoint can be challenged and thrown out.

Aug. 30, 2014

Many law enforcement agencies are also asking for drivers licenses, registration and insurance.

Police do not have the right, per se, to check driver's licenses or registrations when the stop is not initiated by a violation. However, where the police have a reasonable suspicion of illegal conduct, even though there is not actual violation of the law they may examine drivers' licenses or registration.

Secondly, distracted driving is now the leading cause of vehicle accidents. This includes, but is not limited to, texting, talking on cell phones, interacting with GPS devices, computer pad, smartphones and other entertainment devices.

Of course conducting a checkpoint for distracted driving is not going to have the results that agencies want. They want to impound cars, of which they share the fees collected. They want to feed the DUI criminal justice machine. And the best of all, checkpoints usually involve overtime pay and easy work.

Aug. 30, 2014

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Art Reviews — W.S. Di Piero's eye on exhibits Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Best Buys — San Diego shopping Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits City Lights — News and politics Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Famous Former Neighbors — Next-door celebs Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Here's the Deal — Chad Deal's watering holes Just Announced — The scoop on shows Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Of Note — Concert picks Out & About — What's Happening Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Pour Over — Grab a cup Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Drinks All Around — Bartenders' drink recipes Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Sports — Athletics without gush Street Style — San Diego streets have style Suit Up — Fashion tips for dudes Theater Reviews — Local productions Theater antireviews — Narrow your search Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Waterfront — All things ocean Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close