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Posted on: August 27, 2021

Planned Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Checkpoint



Sheriff Chad Bianco

Press Release:Planned Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Checkpoint
Station Area:Temecula
Written Date:August 25, 2021Time:3:50 PM
Incident Date:August 27-28, 2021Time:7:00 PM to 1:00 AM
Incident Location:Undisclosed location, Temecula
Reporting Officer:Sergeant William Pratt
File Number(s):N/A


Temecula, CA – The Riverside County Sheriff’s Southwest Station made 3 arrests for driving under the influence while conducting a DUI/Driver’s License checkpoint on August 27, 2021. The checkpoint was in the 30500 Block of Rancho California Road between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m.

In addition, 4 drivers were cited/arrested for operating a vehicle unlicensed, 1 driver was cited/arrested for driving on a suspended license and 4 vehicles were towed.


The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Southwest Station, will hold a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Checkpoint on Friday, August 27, 2021, from 7:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. at an undisclosed location in the city of Temecula.

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, Southwest Station, reminds the public that impaired driving is not always 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 is 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.

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