The Chula Vista Police Department conducted a court sting on 01-24-12 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the parking lot of the courthouse located at 500 Third Ave in Chula Vista.
In an effort to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol involved crashes the checkpoint focus was on drivers who currently have a suspended driver’s license due to a DUI related arrest. These court stings are conducted to identify offenders who are participating in court program and are violating the terms of their program and get them off the street, as well as educate the public on the dangers of impaired driving and driving without a valid driver’s license.
Officers issued 3 citations for drivers driving on a suspended license and 4 for unlicensed drivers. A total of 8 vehicles were impounded for the suspended or unlicensed driver violations, and expired registration over 6 months. One driver was issued a citation for an open alcoholic beverage container. An additional 17 citations were issued for various other vehicle code violations. This operation was considered to be very successful.
Too often, members of our communities are senselessly injured or killed by impaired drivers. This court sting is an effort to reduce those tragedies, as well as insuring drivers have a valid driver's license. The major goal of these operations is to increase awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and the necessity to drive with a valid license. A court sting is a proven, effective method for achieving this goal. By publicizing these enforcement and education efforts, the Chula Vista Police Department believes motorists can be deterred from drinking and driving.
The objective is to send a clear message to those who are considering driving a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol and/or drugs – Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest. The public is encouraged to help keep roadways safe by calling 911 if they see a suspected impaired driver. Instructions on reporting drunk drivers were passed out at the court sting.
Funding for this operation was provided by the California Office of Traffic Safety though the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
“DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER.”
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