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Posted on: January 28, 2023

Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Checkpoint

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Riverside County Sheriff-Press Release

Reporting Deputy: Sergeant Don Olson

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Update:

One person was arrested for DUI, two people were cited for driving on a suspended license, and 20 people were cited for being an unlicensed driver, at a DUI checkpoint on January 27, 2023.

The DUI checkpoint was held at Highway 111 and Eldorado Dr, from 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.

878 vehicles were contacted, 47 vehicles were subjected to secondary screening, and 25 field sobriety tests were conducted.

DUI checkpoint locations are determined based on reported incidents of impaired driving-related crashes. The primary purpose of DUI checkpoints are to promote public safety by taking suspected impaired drivers off roads.

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

Details:

Indian Wells, Calif. – On January 27, 2023, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office will conduct a driving under the influence (DUI) Checkpoint from 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. at an undisclosed location in the city of Indian Wells.

DUI checkpoint locations are determined based on data showing incidents of impaired driving-related crashes. The primary purpose of DUI checkpoints is to promote public safety by taking suspected impaired drivers off the road.

“Impaired drivers put others on the road at significant risk,” Sergeant Don Olson said. “Any prevention measures that reduce the number of impaired drivers on our roads significantly improves traffic safety.”

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Office reminds the public that impaired driving is not just from alcohol. Some prescription medications and over-the-counter drugs may interfere with driving. While medicinal and recreational marijuana are legal, driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal.

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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