RIVERSIDE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
Sheriff Chad Bianco
|Press Release:||Driving Under the Influence Checkpoint|
|Written Date:||February 22, 2021||Time:||1:00 PM|
|Incident Date:||February 26, 2021||Time:||8:00 PM 3:00 AM|
|Incident Location:||City of Wildomar|
|Reporting Officer:||Sergeant Brad Foster|
City of Wildomar, Calif.-The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Lake Elsinore Station/Wildomar conducted a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) / Driver’s License checkpoint on Friday, February 26, 2020. The checkpoint was on Clinton Keith and Iodine Springs between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. The checkpoint yielded the following:
- 534 cars screened.
- 7 citations for unlicensed drivers
- 4 citations for suspended license
- 5 driving under the influence arrests
- 14 vehicles were towed.
- 4 Misdemeanor arrest warrants were served
- Total of 30 citations were issued
City of Wildomar, Calif. – The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Lake Elsinore Station/Wildomar will hold a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and Driver’s License Checkpoint on Friday, February 26, 2021 from 8:00 pm to 2:00 am at an undisclosed location within the city of Wildomar.
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 checkpoint is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to “Report Drunk Driver – Call 9-1-1.”
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