St. Patrick's Day Weekend DUI Crackdown Planned for Lemon Grove

San Diego County Sheriff's deputies plan to set up patrol checkpoints in several communities starting Friday.

A St. Patrick's Day weekend crackdown on drivers under the influence includes a planned checkpoint starting Friday in Lemon Grove.

San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore and the AVOID the !5 DUI Task Force are urging drivers not to get behind the wheel under the influence of alcohol or drugs and get a safe ride home, according to a news release.

Deputies plan to set up patrol checkpoints in several San Diego County communities to be on the look out for those who do not heed that advice.  Among the cities getting a checkpoint are Lemon Grove, Chula Vista, San Diego, Imperial Beach, Poway, Encinitas, and Oceanside, authorities said. The checkpoints are part of the Sheriff's Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over safety campaign.

Deputies and officers will conduct the patrols starting Friday at 6 p.m. through Sunday at 2 a.m.

The effort is funded with a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

More than 700 people were killed nationwide in crashes involving driving under the influence during St. Patrick's Day weekend from 2006 to 2010, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

“Whether you are meeting a few friends at the local pub or attending a local event or party, if alcohol is part of the festivities, make sure you designate a sober driver to get you home safely,” Gore said.

Law enforcement tips for a safe St. Patrick's Day include the following suggestions:

  • Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin and designate a sober driver.
  • Use your community’s sober ride program.
  • If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to report them ‐ Call 911!
  • If you know people who are about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.

Funding for the grant comes from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

jimellis1103 March 14, 2013 at 07:06 PM
Oh boy: more infringements on our constitutional rights. At what point do we simply allow cops to rummage through our house without due cause? These checkpoints are an abomination and the seed of more degradation of our civil liberties.
all-c-ing-eye March 14, 2013 at 10:24 PM
The fact that inebriated drivers are removed from the road is a very hard thing to defend. It does not in any way violate our rights. Is a drunk driver a violation? you bet it is, and it violates the right of those on the road to have a safe environment to drive in. Having a drink or more that does not bring your blood level above the limits will not put you in jail. Everyone likes to celebrate the occasion but we want to be here to celebrate it again next year. No one likes checkpoints and if you shop at Costco you must show your receipt before leaving at the checkpoint, they are everywhere but if your not guilty of anything you shouldnt feel that way.
James Davis March 15, 2013 at 05:39 PM
jimellis, where does it say in the Constitution that driving is a right? As far as I am concerned, you get in the car and go on any publicly funded road (which is likely 99% of them in the SD area) ,you are now subject to be searched and checked. Driving is a privilege, not a right. You drink drive and get caught, you lose the right. Not a difficult concept to understand nor is it new. If a driver has something to hide, read this article and then got caught. Shame on them.


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