Patrols, Checkpoints Target Drunken Drivers This Holiday Weekend

File photo of 2010 DUI checkpoint.

The San Diego Sheriff’s Department is aggressively looking for impaired drivers during the Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial beginning of the summer season when deaths and injuries caused by drunken drivers typically rise.

The enforcement campaign began Friday night with DUI saturation patrols in Poway, Oceanside, Escondido and San Diego, and checkpoints in San Marcos and Imperial Beach. Four drivers at each checkpoint were arrested for suspicion of DUI, according to the sheriff’s department.

Saturation patrols continue Saturday and Sunday nights in Santee, Lemon Grove, San Diego and Oceanside, and a checkpoint will be conducted in Lemon Grove on Sunday, according to the department. The California Highway Patrol is deploying all available officers through the weekend on the highways and county roads in their jurisdiction.

“Sobriety checkpoints are a proven deterrent along with the high-visibility enforcement campaigns to change behavior such as drunk driving, driving unrestrained and driving distracted,” Chris Murphy, director of the California Office of Traffic Safety, said in a release. “Drivers who know that there is a zero tolerance when it comes to drunk driving take measures to use a designated sober driver and call 9-1-1 to report a suspected drunk driver weaving down the road ahead of them.”

The campaign is funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Checkpoints and DUI patrols will be deployed again during the Fourth of July and Labor Day weekends, according to the sheriff’s department.