CARLSBAD — Nearly 2,400 cars passed through Carlsbad Police Department’s DUI/Driver’s License checkpoint Aug. 30.
With 598 sent through primary inspection, nine field sobriety test were conducted, two drivers were arrested for driving under the influence, and 17 vehicles were towed. An additional 26 citations were issued for other violations and felony narcotics arrest was made.
The checkpoint was manned by Carlsbad Police as well as other local law enforcement agencies. The checkpoint was held on Palomar Airport Road east of El Camino Real in Carlsbad from approximately 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. The checkpoint was funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Safety Administration.
This year, law enforcement agencies throughout California are asking for the public’s help in spotting drunk drivers by calling 911. Drivers are asked to be prepared to report the location, direction, make, model and license plate of the vehicle to the authorities so police can follow up appropriately.
Utilizing citizens and motorists to alert law enforcement to possible impaired drivers can greatly enhance the efforts of law enforcement officers in apprehending DUI drivers. This outreach should also serve as a deterrent to potential drunk drivers. All drivers should be aware that fellow motorists will have their eyes open, and with more than half of all motorists now using cell phones, those who choose to drive impaired run a much greater risk of being caught.