Law enforcement agencies have said last weekend’s crackdown on San Diego DUIs was a profound success.
Sheriffs officials said they have ramped up San Diego DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols throughout the county. These types of increased efforts, they said, are common during holiday celebrations. Making the public aware that if they “do not drive sober, they will be pulled over” can often deter persons from getting behind the wheel of a car after consuming alcohol.
Reportedly, a total of 417 were arrested during last weekend’s efforts. Most of those arrests took place in the areas surrounding the Del Mar Racetrack. Members of the California Highway Patrol and a number of San Diego Police Departments joined the Sheriff’s in working to keep drivers safe.
A total of 14 other law enforcement agencies will conduct similar patrols this upcoming weekend. The communities of Santee, Poway, Imperial Beach and Encinitas will be key focal points. San Diego DUI arrests help save lives, they said.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said Labor Day Weekend is the 2nd most deadly day of the year on the nation’s roadways. More than 120 DUI related deaths took place during Labor Day 2011.
Funding for the increased San Diego DUI patrols has been provided by the California Office of Traffic Safety.