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County Crackdown on Drunk Drivers Coming to Poway

San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore warns, "We will be watching."

A two-week countywide "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign begins Friday night and will include two special enforcement stops in Poway.

"Don't let a DUI ruin your holidays," San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore said in a statement. "Before you leave home for a holiday party, think about how everyone can get home safely. Designate a sober driver, take a cab or stay the night. We are not going to tolerate impaired driving. So remember, 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.' We will be watching."

Between Dec. 14 and Jan. 1, a network of San Diego County law enforcement agencies—called the San Diego County Avoid the 15 Task Force—will engage in heightened enforcement of DUI and license checks, and warrant sweeps.

On Dec. 28, a sobriety checkpoint is planned for Poway between 8 p.m. and 3 a.m. at an undisclosed location. Special enforcement also is planned in Poway on New Year's Eve.

The other dates:

  • Dec. 14: Vista and Santee, 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. (DUI)
  • Dec. 15: South Bay warrant sweep.
  • Dec. 15: Lemon Grove and Encinitas, 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. (DUI)
  • Dec. 20: Poinsettia Bowl, 5 p.m. to midnight (DUI)
  • Dec. 21: San Marcos, 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. (DUI)
  • Dec. 22: Rancho San Diego, 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. (DUI)
  • Dec. 28: Poway and Imperial Beach, 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. (DUI)
  • Dec. 29: Chula Vista, 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. (DUI)
  • Dec. 30: Chargers/Raiders game, 5 p.m. to midnight (DUI)
  • Dec. 31 (New Year's Eve): San Marcos, Vista, Poway, Encinitas, Lemon Grove, Imperial Beach, Santee, (DUI)

The task force offers the following tips for staying safe over the holidays:

  • Plan ahead. If you will be drinking, do not plan on driving. Designate a sober driver or find another safe way home. Even one too many drinks increases the risk of a crash while driving a motor vehicle.
  • If you are impaired, find another way home. Use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member or use public transportation.
  • Be responsible. If someone you know is drinking, do not let them get behind the wheel. If you see an impaired driver on the road, report them. Call 911! Your actions may save someone’s life, and inaction could cost a life.
Timber December 22, 2012 at 06:01 PM
'Compulsory license and DUI checks' are a misperception of the nature of Suspicion-less checkpoints. Constitutionally run checkpoints require the unsuspecting motorists' consent in order for law enforcement to proceed with their duties during their encounter with the individual motorist. The Officers on the line have a prescribed function spelled out (written) by the Commanding Officer running the roadblock, in order to maintain their funding from OTS. When officers deviate from the established procedures, such as compelling motorist to answer questions under color of law, coercion, threat or otherwise they are altering a lawful checkpoint into one that is unconstitutional by violating your right against self-incrimination (5th Amend.) The questioning by the officers is based strictly upon your consent during these types of checkpoints. The officers do not demand to see your 'papers' during a roadblock they are merely REQUESTING them from you. In order for an officer to make A 'demand' they must first have individualized reasonable suspicion/probable cause for stopping you in particular. This is NEVER the case at checkpoints. Checkpoint stops are ambiguous in the first instance. Checkpoints are designed to cunningly coerce your cooperation. Your perception of what your legal duty is at a checkpoint is flawed. I hope I have provided some food for though. Also, your are free to comply because it is nobody else's choice but your own.

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