RIVERSIDE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
Sheriff Chad Bianco
|Press Release:||Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Checkpoint Planned|
|Station Area:||San Jacinto|
|Written Date:||September 1, 2020||Time:||8:00 AM|
|Incident Date:||September 5, 2020||Time:||6:00 PM to 1:00 AM|
|Incident Location:||Undisclosed location in San Jacinto|
|Reporting Officer:||Sergeant Mike Heath|
City of San Jacinto, Calif. – The Riverside County San Jacinto Sheriff’s Station made one arrest for driving under the influence while conducting a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and Driver’s License checkpoint. The checkpoint was on Esplanade Avenue, just west of Freedom Way between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m.
During this time, approximately 897 vehicles were screened. Four field sobriety tests were administered. Seventeen drivers were cited/arrested for operating a motor vehicle unlicensed, six drivers were cited/arrested for driving on a suspended license and ten vehicles were towed. An illegal firearm was also recovered during the operation.
City of San Jacinto, Calif. – The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department / San Jacinto Station will hold a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and Driver’s License Checkpoint on Saturday, September 5th, from 6:00 pm to 1:00 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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