Holiday crackdown continues through New Year’s weekend, sheriff reports
Revelers beware. Sheriff’s deputies and police officers throughout San Diego County will be out in force this New Year’s holiday weekend to catch suspected drunken drivers.
Authorities say there will be numerous checkpoints and increased patrols. In the past two weeks more than 530 motorists have been arrested in the region on suspicion of driving drunk or under the influence of drugs.
The winter holiday crackdown has resulted in more drunken driving arrests than during the same period last year, sheriff’s officials said Tuesday.
Arrests are up 20 percent from the 444 arrests during the same period in 2010, according to sheriff’s Lt. Jose Sanchez.
Two deaths attributed to drunken driving were also reported since Dec. 16,, Sanchez said.
A suspected drunken driver lost control of a vehicle on Interstate 15, near Mira Mesa, and suffered fatal injuries, while another suspected drunken driver died in a crash on Interstate 5 near Sea World, Sanchez said.
The stepped-up crackdown on drunken driving will continue throughout New Year’s weekend, Sanchez said.
The sheriff’s department plans to operate a checkpoint in the community of Sabre Springs from about 7 p.m. Friday to 2 a.m. Saturday, in which drivers will be checked for signs of impairment and proper licensing, said Sanchez.
Checkpoints have proven to be an effective tool in reducing the number of people hurt of killed in drunken driving crashes, Sanchez said.
A New Year’s Eve saturation patrol is planned for Pacific Beach, Sanchez said.
“We want to send a message to the public this New Year’s weekend to drive sober or get pulled over,” Sanchez said. “This is the time of the year to spend with family and friends, not in jail or in a hospital bed.”
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