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Press Release: DUI / Driver's License Checkpoint
Agency: Menifee Police
Station Area: Perris
Written Date: 07-07-14 Time: 12:00 PM
Incident Date: 07-11-14 Time: 8:00 PM
Incident Location: Hwy. 74 and Trade Winds
Reporting Officer: Sergeant J.P. Strang, Corporal J. Howe
File Number(s): Numerous
Checkpoint Results: 07-11-14 Time: 02:00 AM

DUI / Driver's License Checkpoint Nets 2 Arrests

Menifee, CA – The Menifee Police Department Traffic Unit conducted a DUI/Driver's License checkpoint on Friday, July 11, 2014, on Hwy. 74 and Trade Winds between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 2:00 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 drug-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.

During this DUI/Driver's License checkpoint, deputies contacted drivers in the eastbound lanes of Hwy. 74.  A total of 922 vehicles passed through the checkpoint.  Of those vehicles, 69 vehicles were directed into the secondary inspection/evaluation area which resulted in the following:

  • 7 drivers were given field sobriety tests
  • 2 DUI-Alcohol suspects were arrested
  • 0 DUI-Drug impaired suspect was arrested
  • 40 Drivers were cited/arrested for operating a vehicle unlicensed or while suspended/revoked
  • 23 vehicles were towed

The Menifee Police Department is committed to lowering DUI-related deaths and injuries on our streets and highways.  The Menifee Police Department would like to thank our city roads crew and Crime Watch volunteers for their assistance in our mission.

This 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!

Details:

Menifee, CA – Menifee Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint on Friday, July 11, 2014 at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 8:00 p.m. to 2:00 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. "The Menifee Police Department will show zero tolerance for suspected drunk or drugged drivers," said Riverside County Sheriff's Sergeant Strang.

Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. The officers will also be checking drivers for proper licensing. Motorists will only be delayed 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 the 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 Menifee Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  The Menifee Police Department reminds everyone to 'Report Drunk Drivers – 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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