High School students help San Diego Sheriff’s Department at DUI checkpoint

Poway (KUSI) – Mt. Carmel and Poway High School students volunteered to help the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department at a DUI/Driver’s license checkpoint

The students thanked sober drivers and handed out information about the dangers of driving under the influence of marijuana.

The participating teens are really sharp kids who lead alcohol and drug prevention efforts at their schools. They were really excited about the Sheriff’s Department’s invitation to “work” a checkpoint alongside law enforcement officers.

The checkpoint was at the 12100 block of Poway Road between 8:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m.

591 vehicles drove through the checkpoint with 17 vehicles being directed to the secondary inspection area. No arrests were made.

In addition, three drivers were cited for operating a vehicle unlicensed or with a suspended/revoked license, one person was taken into custody for mental illness and one vehicle was towed.

DUI checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests.

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 San Diego County Sheriff’s 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 San Diego County Sheriff’s Department in the city of Poway will be conducting another DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint during the summer months in our ongoing commitment to take suspected impaired

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