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12 arrested on suspected DUI at downtown checkpoint

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A downtown checkpoint conducted overnight netted 12 suspected drunken driving arrests, San Diego police reported Saturday.

More than 1,900 vehicles passed through the checkpoint, which was set up in the 1500 block of First Avenue, near Beech Street, between 10:17 p.m. Friday and 3:03 a.m., according to San Diego police Officer Mark McCullough.

Officers cited one driver with a suspended license and arrested 12 for suspicion of drunken driving, McCullough said.

"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."

Eleven vehicles were impounded at the checkpoint and two more were impounded for violations that occurred adjacent to the checkpoint, McCullough said.

The checkpoint was part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign that combines high-visibility enforcement with heightened public awareness through publicity, McCullough said.

The campaign is led by the California Office of Traffic Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, along with the California Avoid DUI Taskforce Campaign.

The checkpoint was funded by a grant from UC Berkeley, McCullough said.

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