According to a story on the SF Gate website, at a checkpoint in Millbrae, San Mateo County Sheriff’s Department Deputies arrested one motorist for driving under the influence of alcohol and cited another 22 drivers for operating a vehicle without a license.
In a statement, the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Department (SMCSD) on Friday, March 17, during the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, deputies set up the impromptu checkpoint 00 to 100 blocks of El Camino Real from 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. on Saturday.
Other law enforcement agencies in California also conducted their own St. Patrick’s Day checkpoints to reduce the number of intoxicated drivers on our roadways.
The SMCSD said that in addition, nine additional motorists were cited because they did not have their driver’s licenses with them, and one vehicle was towed.
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is never a good idea. Drivers convicted of the DUI charge can expect to pay $13,500 in penalties and court costs in addition to having their license suspended for a year.
Funding for periodic checkpoints for California’s law enforcement agencies throughout the year is made possible by grants from the California Office of Traffic Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).