SSFPD Media Release: DUI & Drivers’ License Checkpoint Update

South San Francisco, CA   August 25, 2014  Submitted by SSFPD SSFPD logo

DUI & Drivers’ License Checkpoint Snags 3 Arrests, 5 Drivers with Suspended Licenses, and 10 Unlicensed Drivers

The South San Francisco Police Department completed a DUI and Drivers License checkpoint on Saturday August 23rd on Hillside Boulevard at Lincoln Street. The operation was completed between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. DUI and Drivers License Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public.
DUI and Drivers License checkpoints have been shown to lower DUI deaths and injuries.  A major component of these checkpoints are the deterrent effects it has on those who might drive drunk or drugged impaired, bringing about more awareness and encouraging everyone to use sober and designated drivers.  Drugged driving arrests are on the rise and are an increasing problem in South San Francisco and across the State of California.  Drivers are reminded that although it may be legal for some people to use medical marijuana, you cannot drive while under the influence of it.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent.  Ninety Percent of California drivers approve of checkpoints.
During the checkpoint operations the following arrests were made:
             David Tseui was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.
             Cesar Saldanha was arrested for driving with a suspended driver’s license, driving without a required ignition interlock device, and violation of probation for driving with alcohol in his system after a prior DUI conviction.
             Jong Kan Suh was arrested for driving with a suspended driver’s license and for an outstanding $20,000 felony theft arrest warrant.
             10 drivers were found to be unlicensed and were cited and released at the scene.
             5 drivers were found to be driving with suspended driver’s licenses and they were cited and released at the scene.  Their vehicles were impounded and towed.
The South San Francisco Police Department will be conducting additional DUI/Drivers License Checkpoints and DUI saturation patrols throughout the year in our ongoing commitment to lowering deaths and injuries upon our streets and highways. The checkpoint was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  
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