July 5, 2015 (Santee) – Last night Sheriff’s deputies conducted a driving-under-the-influence (DUI) sobriety and driver license checkpoint near the 9200 block of Carlton Hills Blvd. in Santee from 8:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.
A dozen deputies stopped 940 vehicles and directed 21 to secondary inspection. Three drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and two vehicles were impounded. In addition, nine citations were issued for drivers with suspended, revoked or no driver’s license.
According to the Sheriff’s office, the purpose of the checkpoint was to remove impaired and/or unlicensed drivers from the roadway, as well as provide public education and deterrence thereby increasing the safety of all drivers and allowing for a safer driving environment. Funding for this operation was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Sergeant Joe Passalacqua adds, “Several citizens who drove through the checkpoint thanked deputies for conducting this type of operation to keep our roadways safe.” He adds that deputies noticed several vehicles that passed through the checkpoint had designated drivers.