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Press Release: DUI/ Driver License Checkpoint
Agency: Riverside County Sheriff’s Department
Station Area: Thermal
Written Date: 08/28/19 Time: 1:45 pm
Incident Date: 08/30/19 Time: Evening/Night
Incident Location: Washington Street x Avenue 47, La Quinta
Reporting Officer: Sergeant Chris Olsen
File Number(s): Numerous
Checkpoint Results: 08/31/19 Time: 3:00am

Update 08-31-2019:

DUI Checkpoint Nets 12 Arrests

La Quinta, CA – The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, La Quinta Station made 0 arrests for driving under the influence while conducting a DUI/Driver’s License checkpoint on 08/30/19. The checkpoint was at the intersection of Washington Street and Avenue 47, between the hours of 7:00 pm and 3:00 am.

During the check point, 2 drivers were arrested for  felony warrants, 2 drivers were cited/arrested for misdemeanor warrants, 2 drivers and 1 passenger was cited/arrested for possession of methamphetamine, 1 driver was arrested for possession of stolen property and burglary tools, 4 drivers were cited/arrested for operating a vehicle unlicensed or with a suspended/revoked license, 1 driver was placed on a 5150 WIC hold and 2 vehicles were towed.

DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests.
Drivers caught driving impaired and charged with DUI can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to be approximately $13,500. This includes fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspension and other expenses not to mention possible jail time.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, La Quinta Station reminds drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” Prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, can impair and result in a DUI. Marijuana can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, La Quinta Station will be conducting another DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint and/or DUI Saturation Patrol in the future in our ongoing commitment to take suspected impaired drivers off our streets and highways, ultimately lowering the risk for deaths and injuries.

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

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.

Details:

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, La Quinta Station will be conducting a DUI / Driver’s License Checkpoint on Friday, August 30, 2019, at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m.

DUI Checkpoints like this one are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests. Deputies will be looking for signs of alcohol and / or drug impairment, along with deputies checking drivers for proper licensing.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, La Quinta 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. In 2017, 1,120 people were killed in alcohol-involved crashes on California roads.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, La Quinta 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, La Quinta Station by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  Please direct any questions regarding the checkpoint to Deputy Knight at (760) 863-8990.

 

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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