South San Francisco, CA August 17, 2020 Submitted by SSFPD
Two Drivers Arrested and 17 Drivers Issued Citations At South San Francisco DUI Checkpoint
South San Francisco, – One driver was arrested for DUI while having a blood-alcohol limit almost three times over the legal limit and one driver was arrested for an outstanding arrest warrant during a DUI and Driver’s License checkpoint held in South San Francisco on Saturday August 15th. In addition to the arrests, six drivers were issued citations for driving with a suspended driver’s license and eleven drivers were issued citations for driving without a driver’s license.
The checkpoint was held on Westborough Boulevard at West Orange Avenue. DUI Checkpoint locations are based on a history of crashes and DUI arrests. The primary purpose of checkpoints is not to make arrests, but to promote public safety by deterring drivers from driving impaired. Even during COVID shelter-in-place restrictions, impaired driving remains a top traffic safety concern.
Despite some popular misconceptions, publicized and highly-visible DUI Checkpoints like this one, have been consistently proven again and again in numerous reputable studies by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) to be highly effective and can reduce impaired fatal driving collisions by 20% or more.
The South San Francisco Police Department will hold additional DUI and Driver’s License checkpoints later this year and into next year. We continue to remind drivers that you have the exclusive option to Choose Your Ride and take a safe way to your home or destination if you are impaired by alcohol or drugs. If you don’t choose to take a rideshare, taxicab, or go with a designated driver, you may end up in the back of a police car, ambulance, or hearse.
Funding for this checkpoint was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.