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Press Release: DUI / Driver's License Checkpoint
Agency: Moreno Valley Police
Station Area: Moreno Valley
Written Date: July 7, 2014 Time: 12:30 PM
Incident Date: July 11, 2014 Time: 9:00 PM – 3:00 AM
Incident Location: Cactus Ave. and Graham St. Moreno Valley
Reporting Officer: Sergeant Bill Guimont, Sergeant Jim Rayls
File Number(s): Numerous
Checkpoint Results: July 12, 2014 Time: 3:15 AM

DUI Checkpoint Nets 3 Arrests

Moreno Valley, CA – Moreno Valley Police Department Traffic Unit conducted a DUI/Driver's License checkpoint on July 11, 2014, at Cactus Avenue and Graham Street between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.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.  

DUI/Driver's License checkpoints have been shown to lower DUI deaths and injuries.  A major component of these checkpoints are the deterrent effects it has on those who might drive drunk or drugged impaired, bringing about more awareness and encouraging everyone to use sober designated drivers. 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent.  Ninety percent of California drivers approve of checkpoints.

DUI Operation Results:

  • 1669 - Vehicles screened at the checkpoint
  • 2 - DUI-Alcohol arrests
  • 1 - DUI-Drug Impaired arrests
  • 38 - Drivers cited/arrested for operating a vehicle unlicensed or while suspended/revoked
  • 28 - Citations for vehicle code violations

Drunk driving is a major cause of fatal and injury collisions each year.  We are seeking your assistance in saving lives.  If you are on the roadways and you observe a possible drunk driver call 911 immediately.  Officers will be dispatched to the location and make every effort to prevent the impaired driver from continuing to pose a threat. 

The Moreno Valley Police Department wishes to remind you that if you choose to drink alcoholic beverages, please designate a sober driver before getting into a vehicle.   Remember "Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest!"

The checkpoint was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1!

For additional information the Moreno Valley Police Department Traffic Unit can be reached at (951) 486-6900.

DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint Planned this Weekend

Moreno Valley, CA – The Moreno Valley Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint on Friday, July 11, at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m.  

The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes.  Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized DUI checkpoints and proactive DUI patrols are conducted routinely.

In California, this deadly crime led to 802 deaths in 2012 because someone failed to designate a sober driver.  Nationally, the latest data shows nearly 10,000 were killed by an impaired driver.

Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment with officers checking drivers for proper licensing delaying motorists only momentarily.  When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving.  Recent statistics reveal 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.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent.  Nearly 90 percent of California drivers approve of DUI checkpoints.

DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests affording the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public.

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

Funding for this checkpoint is provided to the Moreno Valley Police Department 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.

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