Oceanside, CA – The Oceanside Police Department Traffic Unit conducted a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint on July 19, 2019 at N. Santa Fe and Mesa Dr. between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m, resulting in 383 vehicles being screened, 6 Field Sobriety Exams performed, 2 arrests for DUI alcohol, 2 other arrests, and 16 citations being issued.
DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests. Over the past 3 years, the Oceanside Police Department investigated 287 DUI collisions that killed16 people and injured 228 others.
Drivers caught driving impaired and charged with DUI can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to be approximately $13,500. This includes fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspension and other expenses not to mention possible jail time.
The Oceanside Police Department reminds drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” Prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, can impair and result in a DUI. Marijuana can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs.
The Oceanside Police Department will be conducting another DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint and DUI Saturation Patrols in the coming months in our ongoing commitment to take suspected impaired drivers off our streets and highways, ultimately lowering the risk for deaths and injuries.
Funding for this checkpoint was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.