||DUI / Driver’s License Checkpoint
||Riverside County Sheriff’s Department
||08:00 PM to 02:00 AM
||Old Town Front Street X Moreno Road, City of Temecula
||Sergeant Raemie Wood
Temecula City, Calif. – The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department/Temecula Sheriff’s Station conducted a DUI / Driver’s License Checkpoint on Saturday, December 28, 2019, at Old Town Front Street and Moreno Road between the hours of 8:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. resulting in the following:
1251 Vehicles screened
- 26 Vehicles screened in secondary
- 12 Field Sobriety tests conducted
- 2 DUI Arrests
- 7 Drivers cited/arrested for operating a vehicle unlicensed or while suspended/revoked
- 2 Vehicles towed
- 1 citation issued for vehicle code violation
- 1 Misdemeanor Arrest Warrant served
DUI Checkpoints like this one are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests. Deputies were looking for signs of alcohol and / or drug impairment, along with deputies checking drivers for proper licensing.
In 2017, 1,120 people were killed in alcohol-involved crashes on California roads. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department/Temecula Sheriff’s Station reminds 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 Riverside County Sheriff’s Department/Temecula Sheriff’s Station offers these reminders to ensure you have a safe night of fun that doesn’t involve a DUI:
- Always use a designated sober driver – a friend who is not drinking, ride-share, cab or public transportation – to get home.
- See someone who is clearly impaired try and drive? Take the keys and help them make other arrangements to find a sober way home.
- Report drunk drivers – Call 911.
- Hosting a party? Offer nonalcoholic drinks. Monitor who are drinking and how they are getting home.
Getting home safely is cheap, but getting a DUI is not! Drivers caught driving impaired and charged with DUI can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to be upwards of $13,500. This includes fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspension and other expenses not to mention possible jail time.
Funding for this checkpoint is provided to The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department/Temecula Sherriff’s Station by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.