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Press Release: DUI / Driver’s License Checkpoint Planned
Agency: San Jacinto Police
Station Area: Hemet
Written Date: January 30, 2018 Time: 12:00 P.M.
Incident Date: February 04, 2018 Time: 1:30 P.M. – 9:30 P.M.
Incident Location: Soboba Road x State Street, San Jacinto
Reporting Officer: Sergeant Robert Himmelberg
File Number(s): Multiple
Checkpoint Results: February 04, 2018 Time: 9:30 P.M.

Checkpoint Results:

The San Jacinto Police Department Traffic Unit conducted a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint on February 4, 2018, on Soboba Road between the hours of 1:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public.  

In recent years, California has seen a disturbing increase in drug-impaired driving crashes. The San Jacinto Police Department supports the new effort from the Office of Traffic Safety that aims to educate all drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.”  If you take prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, you might be impaired enough to get a DUI.  Marijuana can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs, and can result in a DUI.

Studies of California drivers have shown that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems. A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent).  Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol.

  • 1114 Vehicles Screened
  • 2 DUI-Alcohol suspects arrested
  • 19 Drivers cited/arrested for operating a vehicle unlicensed or while suspended/revoked
  • 1 Driver arrested for an outstanding felony arrest warrant

Drivers are encouraged to download the California Office of Traffic Safety DDVIP (Designated Driver VIP)Opens in New Window free mobile app for Android or iPhone.  The DDVIP app helps find nearby bars and restaurants that feature free incentives for the designated sober driver, from free non-alcoholic drinks to free appetizers and more.  The feature-packed app even has social media tie-ins and even a tab for the non-DD to call Uber, Lyft or Curb.

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspension and other expenses that can exceed $10,000 not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out.

The San Jacinto Police Department will be conducting another DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint and DUI Saturation Patrols in the near future in our ongoing commitment to lowering deaths and injuries upon our streets and highways.

The checkpoint was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to ‘Report Drunk Driver – Call 9-1-1’.

California Office of Traffic Safety   National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Funding for this operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Don’t Fumble: Tackle Impaired Driving Before the Clock Starts

Kickoff on America’s favorite past time is just about ready to start. For many football fans, when it’s time for Super Bowl LII, everyone’s a fan…and Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk. The California Office of Traffic Safety, Police, Sheriff and the CHP are huddling up for a special designateddriver reminder to urge football fans across the nation not to drop the ball on this issue.

The San Jacinto Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on February 04, at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 1:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. specifically to stop and arrest drivers showing signs of alcohol or drug impairment during and following the game.

Impaired driving near or above the .08 BAC limit can be deadly, and even small amounts of alcohol can impair judgement to make driving unsafe. In 2016, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported there were 10,497 fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes involving drunk drivers nationwide. California recorded 1,059 DUI deaths at .08 BAC or above according to the NHTSA. 

The San Jacinto Police Department supports the new effort from the Office of Traffic Safety that aims to educate all drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.”  Drug-impaired driving is a problem on California roadways. Like drunk driving, drugged driving is impaired driving, which means it is dangerous and illegal.  Whether the drug is legally prescribed, an illicit drug or marijuana, driving while drug impaired poses a threat to the driver, vehicle passengers, and other motorists, and driving high can lead to a DUI.

Be sure to have a game plan for the night so friends and family know who the designated driver is. The San Jacinto Police Department wants to encourage folks to turn over their keys to a sober driver before the game begins. Impaired driving can result in serious crashes, injuries or death. If you don’t have an ‘MVP’ to make sure folks get home safely, consider other ride options. 

There are many other ways to ensure a safe ride home besides relying on a friend.  The OTS DDVIP app is now available for free download on iOS and Android devices. The app offers enhanced features, allowing users to search all participating bars and restaurants throughout California. Additionally, the app users can easily order a sober ride from Uber, Lyft or Curb.

This Super Bowl weekend, be a team player and help keep impaired drivers from getting behind the wheel. Don’t fumble! Designate your sober driver before the big game begins. And remember: Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.

This enforcement effort is funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration who reminds everyone to be alert and ‘Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911’!

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