RIVERSIDE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
Sheriff Chad Bianco
|Press Release:||Driving Under the Influence Checkpoint|
|Station Area:||Lake Elsinore|
|Written Date:||March 15, 2021||Time:||10:00 AM|
|Incident Date:||March 19, 2021||Time:||8:00 PM - 3:00 AM|
|Incident Location:||Lake Elsinore|
|Reporting Officer:||Sergeant Brad Foster|
Lake Elsinore, Calif.-The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Lake Elsinore Station, conducted a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) / Driver’s License checkpoint on Friday, March 19, 2021. The checkpoint was Railroad Canyon Rd. and Church St. between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. The checkpoint yielded the following:
- 1166 cars screened.
- 15 citations for unlicensed drivers
- 3 citations for suspended license
- 5 driving under the influence arrests
- 11 vehicles were towed
- 2 Felony arrest warrants were served
- 44 pounds of processed marijuana was seized
- Total of 31 citations were issued
Lake Elsinore, Calif. – The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department - Lake Elsinore Station, will hold a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and Driver’s License Checkpoint on Friday, March 19, 2021 from 8:00 pm to 2:00 am at an undisclosed location within the city of Lake Elsinore.
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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