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Posted on: April 8, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Check Point

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Riverside County Sheriff-Press Release

Reporting Deputy: Sergeant Don Olson

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Palm Desert, Calif. – On April 7, 2023, one person was arrested for DUI, one person was cited for driving on a suspended license, and 17 people were cited for being an unlicensed driver, at a DUI checkpoint on April 7, 2023.

The DUI checkpoint was held at Monterey Avenue and Country Club Drive, from 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.

994 vehicles were contacted, 37 vehicles were subjected to secondary screening, and 4 field sobriety tests were conducted.

Robert Hatfield, 48 years, of Banning, was arrested for DUI alcohol.

DUI checkpoint locations are determined based on reported incidents of impaired driving-related crashes. The primary purpose of DUI checkpoints is 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.

Riverside County Sheriff’s Office, Palm Desert, Holding Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Checkpoint April 7, 2023

Palm Desert, Calif. – On April 7, 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 Palm Desert.

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.

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