An overnight sobriety and driver license checkpoint held by San Diego police caught 12 drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol Friday night in Pacific Beach.
The checkpoint was established in the 2600 block of Ingram Street between 11:00 p.m. and 3 a.m. Saturday morning, according to San Diego Police Officer Mark McCullough. A total of 612 vehicles passed through the checkpoint during the four hour window, and 474 were screened by officers.
Of the almost five hundred drivers screened, twenty four were detained for sobriety tests, with a dozen exceeding the legal limits. 11 vehicles were impounded as a result, and one driver was arrested for public intoxication.
“The message is simple,” said McCullough in a press release announcing the results of the checkpoint. “Drive sober, or get pulled over. Driving and alcohol do not mix. If you plan to consume alcohol, you should also plan not to get behind the wheel of a vehicle or ride a motorcycle.”
Law enforcement agencies all across California have been raising awareness and holding checkpoints like these throughout the last few months to catch impaired drivers before they have the chance to cause an accident, hopefully deterring such behavior into the future.
Driving under the influence is never worth the risk. Accidents are a constant threat, endangering the lives of everyone on the road. And yet despite knowing the risks, many drivers chose to do so anyway, leading to increased police efforts like this to keep other drivers safe.
If you or someone you know has been hurt in a crash with an impaired driver, you should seek help; there are legal protections in place to help victims get what they need to recover. Through the help of an experienced San Diego car accident lawyer, compensation can be received from those at fault to help pay for things like car repair payments medical bills, and even replace wages lost from time spend away from work.
At AA Accident Attorneys, we will work hard to get you the full amount you deserve and help you back onto your feet. We understand the dangers you face, both as legal professionals and as citizens who share the same roads and live in the same neighborhoods.
Even if you are uncertain what options are available to you in the wake of an accident, do not hesitate to call us right away for a free evaluation and to learn what an accident lawyer can do for you! As always, we will not charge you anything for our services until your case is won. If we do not collect on your case, then you will owe us nothing.