The California Highway Patrol recently released the following statement:
“The California Highway Patrol will conduct a sobriety checkpoint on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, in the Rancho San Diego area of San Diego County,” Captain Lisa Wrobel, El Cajon Area Commander, said Friday.
The Sobriety Checkpoint will be staffed by California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers who are trained in the detection of alcohol and/or drug impaired drivers. CHP Drug Recognition Experts, certified by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, will be on site to provide on the spot assessments of drivers suspected of drug use.
The officers will also be equipped with testing devices that provide an accurate measure of blood alcohol concentrations of suspect drunk drivers.
“Each year members of our community are needlessly maimed and killed on our roads and highways. Our goal is to ensure the safe passage of each and every motorist by targeting roads where there is a high frequency of drunk driving," said Wrobel. "A sobriety checkpoint is an effective tool in the battle against drunk driving and is designed to augment the existing patrol operations. By publicizing our efforts we believe that we can deter motorist from drinking and driving."
Wrobel emphasized “vehicles will be checked and drivers who are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs can expect to be arrested and count on spending their night in the San Diego County Jail. Our objective is to send a clear message to those considering mixing alcohol and/or drugs with driving – the California Highway Patrol will be keeping a watchful eye out for you.”
The specific location of the checkpoint is not yet known. It will operate from 7 p.m. Saturday to 1:30 a.m. Sunday.