The Chula Vista Police Department conducted a Court Sting on 03-20-12 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the parking lot of the court house located at 500 Third Ave in the city of Chula Vista. In an effort to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol involved crashes the checkpoint focused 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 1 citation for a driver driving on a suspended license and 7 for unlicensed drivers. A total of 6 vehicles were impounded for the suspended or unlicensed driver violations. One driver was arrested for violation of his DUI court probation terms and driving on a suspended license. An additional 9 citations were issued for various other vehicle code violations. This operation was considered to be very successful.
All too often, members of our community are senselessly injured or killed on local roadways 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 components of these stings are 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.
Our 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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