Patch.com recently reported that the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department has announced it will be conducting a DUI and driver’s license checkpoint in Poway at an undisclosed location on Friday, July 2, 2021. Sheriff’s deputies will be conducting the checkpoint from 8:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. Saturday morning.
The San Diego Sheriff’s Department said that checkpoints are selected based on statistical data, including the number of accidents and DUI arrests. Deputies will be on the lookout for those who exhibit signs of intoxication by alcohol or drugs and also checking to see if drivers and vehicles are properly licensed.
The law enforcement emphasized the slogan of their latest campaign, “DUI doesn’t just mean booze,” reminding motorists that the use of prescription or illicit drugs can also result in a charge of driving while intoxicated.
Those who have driven under the influence of drugs – even if they are prescription drugs can be enough to get a DUI if you’re pulled over. Some prescription drugs warn against operating heavy machinery while being taken. Marijuana or other drugs on their own or combined with alcohol can also cause impairment, making it a bad idea to get behind the wheel.
A spokesperson for the San Diego Sheriff’s Office advises the following to avoid a DUI:
- Always drive sober or appoint a friend who is not drinking as a designated driver.
- If a friend or loved one is trying to drive while impaired, confiscate their keys and only return them when they are sober again.
- If you see someone who appears to be driving while impaired, call 911.
- If you’re hosting a party this holiday weekend, be sure to provide non-alcoholic drinks, keep an eye on how much your guests have had, and offer a way for them to get home safely.