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Press Release: DUI / Driver License Checkpoint
Agency: Temecula Police
Station Area: Southwest
Written Date: 11/15/2017 Time: 11:00 a.m.
Incident Date: 11/17/2017 Time: 7:00 p.m.
Incident Location: Rancho California Road X Margarita Road, Temecula
Reporting Officer: Sergeant William Pratt
File Number(s): Multiple
Checkpoint Results: 11/18/2017 Time: 1:20 a.m.

DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint Results:

On November 17, 2017, the Temecula Police Department Traffic Team conducted a DUI / Driver License Checkpoint on Rancho California Road and Margarita Road in the city of Temecula.

  •  1158 vehicles passed through the checkpoint
  • 3 drivers performed field sobriety tests
  • 1 driver was arrested for driving under the influence
  • 8 drivers were arrested for unlicensed driving
  • 2 vehicles were towed

The Temecula Police Department would like to encourage you not to drink and drive, to designate a sober driver, and to report suspected DUI drivers by calling 911.

Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff's CrimeTips online form.

DUI/Driver License Checkpoint Planned this Weekend

Temecula Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Driver License Checkpoint on November 17, 2017, at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 07:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.  

In recent years, California has seen a disturbing increase in drug-impaired driving crashes.  The Temecula 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.

The deterrent effect of High Visibility Enforcement using both DUI checkpoints and DUI Saturation Patrols has proven to lower the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug impaired crashes.  Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized proactive DUI operations are conducted routinely.

DUI Checkpoints like this one 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.  

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, which now accounts for a growing number of impaired driving crashes. 

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. Everyone should be mindful that if you’re taking medication – whether prescription or over-the-counter – drinking even small amounts of alcohol can greatly intensify the impairment affects. 

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 suspensions and 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 Temecula 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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