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Posted on: August 1, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Driver’s License Checkpoint Planned



Sheriff Chad Bianco

Press Release:Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Driver’s License Checkpoint Planned
Station Area:Thermal
Written Date:August 1, 2020Time:2:00 AM
Incident Date:July 31, 2020Time:8:00 PM
Incident Location:Cesar Chavez and 4th Street
Reporting Officer:Sergeant Steve Davis
File Number(s):Numerous


On July 31, 2020, deputies conducted a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Driver’s License Checkpoint at Cesar Chavez and 4th Street within the city of Coachella, between the hours of 8:00 pm and 2:00 am.  The checkpoint yielded the following:

  • 421 cars screened.
  • 7 citations for unlicensed drivers.
  • 1 drug arrest.
  • 1 felony warrant arrest.
  • 1 obstructing an officer arrest.
  • 3 driving under the influence arrests.

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

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department 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. Last year, Riverside County deputies assigned to the City of Coachella investigated numerous DUI collisions which have claimed 1 life and resulted in another 5 injuries.

 The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department 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 by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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