Chula Vista Police arrest one driver suspected of driving under the influence at a checkpoint Saturday morning.
According to CVPD Officer Oscar Miranda, the checkpoint was conducted on Friday from 6 p.m. to midnight on the 600 block of E.Street.
Of the 2,132 vehicles traveling through the checkpoint, 961 were screened. Officers found 14 unlicensed or with a suspended license, and two who failed sobriety tests. The 14 individuals were issued citations and three vehicles were impounded.
According to the 2019 Annual Report of the California DUI Management Information System, the DUI arrest rate per 100,000 licensed drivers in the state was 458 down from 491 in 2016. There were 123,548 people in 2017 arrested for driving under the influence and 4,944 arrested for Felony drunk driving throughout California.
Of all 2017 California DUI arrests, 20.3 percent occurred in Los Angeles County. Three counties (Los Angeles, San Diego, and Orange) had over 9,500 DUI arrests each, accounting for 36.4 percent of all arrests.
In their annual report, the Department of Motor Vehicles report county DUI arrest rates ranged from 0.1 to 1.7 in 2017 for DUI arrests per 100 licensed drivers. Nineteen counties had arrest rates of 0.5 or below in 8 2019 DUI-MIS REPORT 2017 compared to seventeen counties in 2016. Eleven counties had rates of 0.4 or below: Alameda (0.4), Los Angeles (0.4), Orange (0.4), Placer (0.4), San Diego (0.4), San Mateo (0.4), Yolo (0.4), Contra Costa (0.3), Sacramento (0.3), Santa Clara (0.3), and San Francisco (0.1).
Every day, about 28 people in the United States die in drunk-driving crashes. According to the National Highway Safety Administration in a October 2020 research note, there were 10,142 reported alcohol-impaired driving fatalities. In the state of California, deaths caused by alcohol-impaired driving composed of 26 percent of total fatalities in California, according to the report.