DUI Checkpoints Planned for Weekend

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    Starting Friday night, San Diego County police departments plan to stage checkpoints to catch holiday revelers who choose to drink and drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol. 

    Checkpoints will start tonight in El Cajon beginning at 6 p.m. until 3 a.m. tomorrow morning.

    According to a police spokesperson, the department is publicizing the checkpoints in order to get people to think about drinking and driving.

    In Escondido, department statistics show that seven people were killed and 234 people have been injured in drunk driving crashes during the past three years.

    In San Diego, the checkpoints will start at 9 p.m. Friday night until Saturday morning at 3:30 a.m.

    The SDPD says 60 people have died and about 2,500 people have been injured in crashes. 

    Meanwhile, it was a busy holiday weekend for the CHP, as DUIs and deaths were up this year statewide. Twenty people died on freeways and there were 891 DUIs throughout the state.

    In San Diego there were two fatalities on the freeways this year. That's the same number in the county as last year for the Christmas holiday.

    There were 50 DUIs in the county. That's down from 56 this time last year.