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Posted on: March 3, 2020

[ARCHIVED] DUI Checkpoint



Sheriff Chad Bianco

Press Release:DUI Check Point
Station Area:Palm Desert
Written Date:March 3, 2020Time:8:00 AM
Incident Date:March 7, 2020Time:7:00 PM to 3:00 AM
Incident Location:Undisclosed location in Rancho Mirage
Reporting Officer:Deputy Frank Avila
File Number(s):TBD

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on March 7, 2020, at an undisclosed location within the city between the hours of 7:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.   

DUI Checkpoints like this one are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests. Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment, with officers checking drivers for proper licensing.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department reminds drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” If you take prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, you might be impaired enough to get a DUI. Marijuana can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs, and can result in a DUI. 

In 2017, 1,120 people were killed in alcohol-involved crashes on California roads. Last year Riverside County Sheriff’s Department investigated 15 DUI collisions in the City of Rancho Mirage which have claimed 1 life and resulted in another 10 injuries.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department offers these reminders to ensure you have a safe night of fun that doesn’t involve a DUI:

•    Always use a designated sober driver – a friend who is not drinking, ride-share, cab or public transportation – to get home.

•    See someone who is clearly impaired try and drive? Take the keys and help them make other arrangements to find a sober way home.

•    Report drunk drivers – Call 911.

•    Hosting a party? Offer nonalcoholic drinks. Monitor who are drinking and how they are getting home. 

Getting home safely is cheap, but getting a DUI is not! Drivers caught driving impaired and charged with DUI can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to be upwards of $13,500. This includes fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspension and other expenses not to mention possible jail time.

Funding for this checkpoint is provided to The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

DUI Doesn't Just Mean Booze

DUI Go Safely

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is seeking applicants for Deputy Sheriff, Deputy Sheriff Trainee, Correctional Deputy, Sheriff’s 911 Communications Officer, and other employment opportunities such as clerical and support positions.  If you are interested in a career with us, please visit our recruiting page or call 1-888-Join-RSD

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