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Posted on: July 11, 2020

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



Sheriff Chad Bianco

Press Release:Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Checkpoint
Station Area:Palm Desert
Written Date:July 01, 2020Time:1:00 PM
Incident Date:July 10, 2020Time:7:00 PM - 3:00 AM
Incident Location:Undisclosed Location in Palm Desert
Reporting Officer:Deputy Varon Potter
File Number(s):N/A


Palm Desert, Calif. – Two arrested for DUI  while conducting a DUI checkpoint.

The checkpoint was held at Hwy. 111 and Painters Path from 7:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. on July 10, 2020. 

Two drivers were cited for operating a vehicle unlicensed or with a suspended/revoked license. 330 vehicles passed through the checkpoint and 57 were screened for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

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.

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 Department encourages the community to think of the safety of themselves and their families. Your actions save lives.


Your Actions Save Lives: Celebrate 4th of July Holiday Responsibly

Palm Desert, Calif. – As we approach the 4th of July holiday, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department encourages the public to be responsible and safe over Independence Day Weekend by not driving impaired.

July 4th falls on a Saturday this year, and to keep families safe, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department will have extra deputies on patrol throughout the Independence Day Weekend and through the month of July looking for drivers suspected of driving impaired.

On July 10th from 7:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m., Palm Desert Sheriff’s Station will also be holding a DUI checkpoint at an undisclosed location within the city of Palm Desert. 

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. If you are going to a bar or restaurant, designate a sober driver before heading out for the evening.

Riverside County Sheriff’s Department encourages the community to think of the safety of themselves and their families when enjoying the Independence Day holiday. Your actions save lives. 

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