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Arrest Made During Lemon Grove DUI Checkpoint

Several DUI checkpoints were held throughout San Diego County as law-enforcement works to prevent intoxicated drivers from getting behind the wheel this St. Patrick's Day Weekend.

Seven people were arrested for suspicion of drunken driving overnight at three DUI checkpoints in San Diego County.

In Lemon Grove at a checkpoint near the 7900 block of Broadway, an arrest on suspicion of drunken driving was made by 11 sheriff's deputies who screened 505 vehicles between 8 p.m. Friday and 2:30 a.m. today.

In Oceanside, five people were arrested between 9:30 p.m. Friday and 2:30 a.m. today at a checkpoint in the 2100 block of South Coast Highway. Two other drivers at the Oceanside checkpoint were cited for being unlicensed.

One driver was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving at a similar checkpoint in Poway at 12100 Poway Road, which ended at 3 a.m.

Nine citations were issued for suspended, revoked or no driver's license, and five vehicles were impounded.

Police said the purpose of DUI checkpoints is to remove impaired or unlicensed drivers from the roadway, as well as to educate the public on the dangers of drunken driving thereby increasing the safety of all drivers. Research shows crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted frequently.

jimellis1103 March 17, 2013 at 07:25 AM
"Research shows crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted frequently." What "research"? This is a situation where you can name your sources.
Brian March 18, 2013 at 04:55 PM
Checkpoints are an example or poorly spent resources. If you watch one in action the waste is tremendous . The ratio of cops standing around doing nothing compared to ones working is ridiculous and don't forget most are on overtime. (2 cops in the family that love to volunteer) They should take all the cops used at a checkpoint and spread them out in the neighborhood at all the hotspots. They will catch more drunk drivers, speeders, distracted drivers, law breakers than an obvious checkpoint you can see for miles.

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