Valley Center, CA
December 7, 2022

DUI Checkpoint scheduled for Thursday

Update: This scheduled DUI Checkpoint in Valley Center has been canceled. CHP resources, including their command center have been diverted to help assist at the Fairview Fire (Hemet).

The California Highway Patrol (CHP), Oceanside Area, will be deploying a driving under the influence (DUI) safety checkpoint on Thursday, September 8, 2022, somewhere within the unincorporated area of Valley Center. The sobriety checkpoint will be conducted by numerous CHP Officers who are highly trained in the detection of alcohol and / or drug impaired drivers. Officers will also be equipped with handheld breath testing devices which provide an accurate measure of blood-alcohol concentration of suspected drunk drivers. Offenders will be processed at the checkpoint and booked at the Vista Detention Facility.

“All too often, members of our community are senselessly injured or killed on our local roadways by intoxicated drivers. The mission of the CHP is to protect life and property for every person who lives, works, and travels in California. Removing impaired driver’s saves lives, and that’s our number one goal.” said Sergeant Kraig Palmer. The goal of the CHP is to ensure the safe passage of each and every motorist by targeting roads where there is a high frequency of intoxicated drivers. A sobriety checkpoint is a proven effective tool for achieving this goal and is designed to augment existing patrol operations. Traffic volume permitting, all vehicles will be checked for drivers who are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Sergeant Palmer emphasized, “Our objective is to send a clear message to individuals who consider driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs; you will be caught, and your vehicle will be towed away.”

Funding for this checkpoint operation is provided from a grant by the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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