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Area law enforcement coordinated another DUI crackdown over the weekend, posting “DUI/driver license checkpoints” throughout San Diego County in Encinitas, Imperial Beach, Lemon Grove and Poway, with additional Sheriff’s deputies patrolling Encinitas enforcing a zero tolerance policy on public intoxication.

Overall, 4,383 drivers passed through the checkpoints over the weekend, with 123 of them detained for secondary inspection. Of those, 18 were given field sobriety tests, and two people were arrested on suspicion of DUI, one each in Lemon Grove and Poway. 47 others were cited or arrested on non-DUI related charges, and 23 vehicles were impounded.

During the Encinitas sweeps, funded by a $100,000 California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control grant, 19 individuals were arrested on charges ranging from public drunkenness, possession of an open alcoholic beverage container, public urination, or possession of alcohol by a minor.

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Dean Bekken March 18, 2013 @ 7:34 a.m.

Only 2? Out of 4,383 pulled over?! Lame-O. Or, O'Lame. Better not let that get around, SD! Just kidding... much better things to do in SD than drink too much.

Dean, Chicago


mridolf March 18, 2013 @ 4:25 p.m.

This info is in stark contrast to the story I read on the News 8 website. If you go by that story, there were scads of arrests made throughout the county for drunk driving. I usually don't question what I read in the Reader blogs, but how can both these stories be right? Both stories would seem to indicate the DUI tally throughout the country for the weekend.



Dave Rice March 18, 2013 @ 10:20 p.m.

mridolf - Two explanations come to mind.

First, the CBS story addresses two checkpoints that I didn't - Chula Vista and San Diego, while mine addresses three in Encinitas, Poway and Lemon Grove that the other story doesn't. It would appear these other two checkpoints were much more successful, with 3,404 stops and 20 DUI arrests - this would make the checkpoint total 7,787 cars screened, 22 arrests (and there were actually several more non-DUI arrests).

Second, many of the other arrests are credited to regular patrols, not checkpoints. Further, the CBS story describes the Encinitas arrests as such:

"Also on Saturday, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department expanded patrols in Encinitas and arrested 19 people on suspicion of drunken driving."

The Sheriff's report that I based my 19 arrest number from (I'm assuming we're both sourcing the same release in this instance) reads, in part:

"In an effort to ensure the safety of the citizens of Encinitas deputies from the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Encinitas Station and Agents from Alcohol Beverage Control conducted a zero tolerance drunk in public sweep in the city of Encinitas. As a result of this detail, 19 individuals were arrested. Charges included drunk in public, possession of an open alcoholic container, urinating in public and minor in possession of an alcoholic beverage."

The way I read (and reported) that information, none of the Encinitas arrests were DUI, but instead tied to other alcohol-related violations.

Hope this clears up the confusion to an extent, though I don't think either story puts an absolute tally on the number of DUI arrests over the weekend.


clarkkkkk April 3, 2013 @ 8:39 p.m.

I hope they keep the cars. That would stop Dui's http://zautos.com/dui-fast-facts/ We lose to many...about 10,000 a year. 2000 kids


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