DUI checkpoint downtown nets 16 arrests

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duiSAN DIEGO – San Diego police and California Highway Patrol officers arrested 16 suspected drunken drivers while operating a checkpoint in the downtown East Village neighborhood that wrapped up early Sunday, police said.

Nearly 1,400 vehicles passed through the checkpoint on G Street near 14th Street between 10:49 p.m. Saturday and 2:21 a.m., San Diego police Officer Mark McCullough said. Some of the motorists were caught in areas surrounding the checkpoint, which had extra patrols.

“Drinking alcohol and driving do not mix,” McCullough said. “If you plan to consume alcohol, you should also plan not to get behind the wheel of a vehicle or ride a motorcycle.”

The checkpoint was funded by a California Office of Traffic safety grant and was part of the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign that combined high-visibility enforcement with heightened public awareness through publicity.

McCullough urged anyone who spots a suspected drunken driver to call 911.

He said revelers should plan a safe way home before festivities begin, designate a sober driver, use a taxi or public transportation and to help those who had been drinking get home safely.

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