RIVERSIDE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
Sheriff Chad Bianco
|Press Release:||Driving Under The Influence (DUI) Checkpoint Planned|
|Written Date:||August 24, 2020||Time:||8:00 AM|
|Incident Date:||August 28, 2020||Time:||8:00 PM to 1:30 AM|
|Incident Location:||Undisclosed location in the City of Temecula|
|Reporting Officer:||Sergeant Joseph Greco|
Temecula, California – The Riverside County Sheriff’s Southwest Station made 6 arrests for driving under the influence while conducting a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and Driver’s License checkpoint. The checkpoint was in the 40400 Block of Winchester Road between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m.
In addition, 8 drivers were cited/arrested for operating a vehicle unlicensed, 4 drivers were cited/arrested for driving on a suspended license and 7 vehicles were towed.
City of Temecula, Calif. – The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department/Southwest Station will hold a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and Driver’s License Checkpoint on Friday, August 28, from 8:00 pm to 1:30 am 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, deputies 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 dangerous and puts a further 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 vehicle. 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.
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