RIVERSIDE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
Sheriff Chad Bianco
|Press Release:||Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Check Point|
|Written Date:||July 6, 2020||Time:||8:00 AM|
|Incident Date:||July 10, 2020||Time:||8:00 PM - 1:30 AM|
|Incident Location:||Undisclosed location in the City of Temecula|
|Reporting Officer:||Sergeant Joseph Greco|
Temecula, California – The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department made 2 arrests for driving under the influence while conducting a DUI/Driver’s License checkpoint on July 10, 2020. Another driver was arrested for possession of stolen property after driving into the checkpoint in a reported stolen vehicle. The checkpoint was in the 30500 Block of Rancho California Road between the hours of 08:00 p.m. and 01:30 a.m.
In addition, 9 drivers were cited/arrested for operating a vehicle unlicensed and 1 vehicle was towed. The recovered stolen vehicle was returned to its owner.
DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests.
The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department 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.
City of Temecula, Calif. – The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department/Temecula Station will hold a DUI Checkpoint on Friday, July 10, from 8:00 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. at an undisclosed location within city limits.
Checkpoint locations are chosen based on a history of DUI crashes and arrests. The primary purpose of checkpoints is not to make arrests, but to promote public safety by deterring drivers from driving impaired.
During the checkpoint, officers will look for signs that drivers are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
The safety of our community is and always will be our mission. Driving under the influence is still dangerous and puts a strain on critical resources.
The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department reminds the public that impaired driving is not just from alcohol. Some prescription medications or over-the-counter drugs may interfere with driving.
Always follow directions for use and read warning labels about driving or “operating heavy machinery,” which includes driving a car. While medicinal and recreational marijuana are legal, driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal.
If you plan on drinking or taking medications that may impact your ability to drive safely, plan on staying at home.
Drivers charged with DUI face an average of $13,500 in fines and penalties, as well as a suspended license.
Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.