Law enforcement sweeps North County on Del Mar racing season's Opening Day

At least 8 people arrested in sweep

DEL MAR, Calif. - Dozens of deputies and officers fanned out around the Del Mar Racetrack on Wednesday evening as part of an 8-hour DUI crackdown aimed to take drunken drivers off the roads.

Along with fancy hats and fast manes inside the racing arena, 10News found plenty of buzz outside as well.

DUI enforcement teams poured into North County starting at 4 p.m., where they ticketed and talked to drivers while looking for signs of intoxication.

At least eight people were arrested in the sweep.

The enforcement is a joint effort that involved the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Coronado Police, Chula Vista Police, Escondido Police, La Mesa Police, National City Police, San Diego Police, SDSU Police, and UC San Diego Police. 

"If you drive drunk the AVOID Agencies will be looking for you," said Lt. Julius Faulkner, who is with the Sheriff's Department. "If you're over the limit, you will be arrested."

A state grant funded the program that aims to curb impaired driving crashes, which has killed more than 10,000 people across the country in 2010.

10News found plenty of taxis, buses and shuttle services offering to take revelers home safely around the racetrack Wednesday night.

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