SLO County gets $450,000 for DUI effort

San Luis Obispo County was awarded $450,000 through the Avoid the 14 DUI Campaign from the California Office of Traffic Safety for sobriety checkpoints, increased enforcement efforts such as targeting specific areas with heavier-than-normal patrols, warrant searches and court stings.

Law enforcement officials say that a drastic increase in sobriety checkpoints is not the agenda in the coming year because each department already does at least five such checkpoints annually.

The grant continues through 2012. Previously the county was awarded $396,000 for a three-year period ending in 2009. In San Luis Obispo, sobriety checkpoints cost about $4,500 in overtime for police staff — which is paid for with the grant money.

— AnnMarie Cornejo