M E D I A A L E R T
For Immediate Release August 29, 2011
Sergeant Jason Rothlein
San Diego County AVOID DUI Campaign
DUI Strike Team to Keep the Roadways Safe During
On August 28, 2011 from 3 P.M. until midnight, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and the San Diego County Regional Avoid the 14 Task Force conducted a DUI enforcement operation in the cities of Del Mar, Solana Beach, Encinitas and San Diego to coincide with the Pacific Classic of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club racing season. This operation was made possible by grant funds provided by the Office of Traffic Safety.
The decision by an individual not to drive after drinking is the single biggest factor in reducing deaths and injuries caused by alcohol related crashes. While a visit to the racetrack for this summertime event is a great outing – drunk driving has far reaching consequences that can lead to serious injuries or death.
Over the past several years, Law Enforcement in the area has had to focus additional resources toward the problem of DUI during the race season because far too many individuals fail to drink responsibly and designate a sober driver or arrange for a ride home following a day at the track.
Deputies along with officers from the San Diego Police Department, Coronado Police Department, Chula Vista Police Department, San Diego Harbor Police Department, Oceanside City Police Department, SDSU Police Department and UCSD Police Department participated in the operation. The results of the operation are as follows:
Traffic stops: 298
Field sobriety tests administered: 67
DUI arrests: 11
Traffic Citation for Varying Offences: 43
“We are committed to saving lives by aggressively seeking out and removing impaired drivers from the roadways of San Diego County,” said San Diego County Sheriff Sergeant Jason Rothlein. “The Avoid the 14 DUI Task Force is committed to removing those who do not make the intelligent and safe decision to avoid driving after they from our roadways.”
DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER