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Posted on: June 5, 2021

Driving Under The Influence Checkpoint

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RIVERSIDE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT

Sheriff Chad Bianco

Press Release:Driving Under The Influence Checkpoint
Station Area:Rancho Mirage
Written Date:May 28, 2021Time:7:30 AM
Incident Date:N/ATime:N/A
Incident Location:Rancho Mirage
Reporting Officer:Deputy Frank Avila
File Number(s):N/A


Update:

Rancho Mirage, Calif. – Three were arrested for Driving Under Influence (DUI) while conducting a checkpoint on June 4, 2021.

The checkpoint was held at Ramon Rd., west of Los Alamos Rd. from 7:00 pm to 3:00 am.

Sixteen drivers were cited for operating a vehicle unlicensed or with a suspended/revoked license, as 859 vehicles drove through the checkpoint. One suspect was cited and released for a warrant for possession of methamphetamine.

Checkpoint locations are based on a history of crashes and DUI arrests. The primary purpose of checkpoints is not to make arrests, but to promote public safety by deterring drivers from driving impaired.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Rancho Mirage is committed to keeping the public safe when they are traveling.

Funding for this checkpoint was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Details:

Rancho Mirage, Calif. – Riverside County Sheriff’s Department will hold a Driving Under The Influence (DUI) Checkpoint June 4, 2021 from 7:00 pm until 3:00 am, at an undisclosed location within Rancho Mirage 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, officers will look for signs that drivers are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is committed to keeping the traveling public safe.

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 car. 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 a first-time 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.

For media inquiries regarding this incident please contact the Media Information Bureau.


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