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DUI checkpoint nets two arrests

ENCINITAS — Two people were over the limit and were arrested Dec. 10 during a drunk driving checkpoint conducted by the Encinitas Sheriff’s Station between 8 p.m. and 3 a.m. near a residential area on South El Camino Real.
The DUI campaign is called Drunk Driving: Over the Limit, Under Arrest, and targets the entire county and is performed biannually in Encinitas.
About a dozen law enforcement officers worked the event and performed random checks of 521 motorists out of 929 vehicles that drove through the checkpoint zone.
Five drivers required a field sobriety test, and two of them were arrested.
Nationwide, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 percent and above.
Lt. Jose Sanchez, of San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, said that two to three arrests during a sobriety checkpoint is an average number.
“Obviously getting two people off the street is good,” he said.
The checkpoint also included a driver’s license check, and resulted in 14 citations and 11 vehicles being towed.
The funding for the checkpoint was provided from a portion of a $400,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA.
In California, DUI deaths have declined by 16 percent according to the NHTSA.
Figures show 1,132 DUI-related fatalities in 2007, and 950 deaths in 2009.
DUI checkpoints are proven to be an effective method in lowering the number of deaths caused by drunk drivers, according to the administration.