Holiday revelers warned of DUI checkpoints this weekend

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Holiday revelers, beware!

San Diego police are scheduled to run several DUI checkpoints throughout the city this weekend from 11 p.m. Saturday to 3 a.m. Sunday, targeting not just drunks but also drivers without valid licenses, said SDPD Officer Mark McCullough, who withheld the exact locations.

By publicizing the operations, police hope to reduce the number of revelers who take a chance drinking and driving and end up causing a crash that kills or injures.

“Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed 14 lives and resulted in 2,271 injury crashes harming 2,254 of our friends and neighbors,” McCullough said in a statement, adding that research shows the number of DUI crashes can be reduced by 20 percent when well-publicized DUI checkpoints and DUI saturation patrols are conducted routinely.

The El Cajon-area office of the California Highway Patrol will also be operating a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint Saturday night in an unspecified unincorporated area, according to the agency.

“All too often, members of our community are senselessly injured or killed on our local roadways by intoxicated or unlicensed drivers,” CHP Capt. Tim Lepper said, adding “traffic volume permitting, all vehicles will be checked for drivers who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or driving unlicensed.”

The cost of a drunken driving conviction, including fines, fees and DUI classes, can exceed $10,000, according to McCullough.

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