The Sheriff's Encinitas Station will be conducting a DUI/drivers license checkpoint Saturday from 7:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. in Encinitas.
According to a news release from the Sherriff’s Department, deputies will be looking for drivers who are showing signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment.
Drivers caught under the influence can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases—as well as fines, fees, DUI classes, court probation and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.
“Over the course of the past three years over 1,000 people have been arrested for DUI in Encinitas; and over 194 DUI collisions have occurred, which killed three and injured 68 of our friends and neighbors in Encinitas," traffic investigator Deputy B. Sipley said in the news release.
The goal of these checkpoints is to increase awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and to encourage sober designated drivers.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent.
Funding for this operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.