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Posted on: December 15, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Driving Under the Influence Saturation Patrol-Palm Desert



Sheriff Chad Bianco

Press Release:Driving Under the Influence Saturation Patrol
Station Area:Palm Desert
Written Date:December 7, 2020Time:12:00 PM
Incident Date:December 12, 2020Time:6:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Incident Location:Undisclosed Locations in Palm Desert
Reporting Officer:Deputy Varon Potter
File Number(s):N/A


Palm Desert, Calif. – On December 12, 2020 Palm Desert station deputies conducted a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) saturation patrol in the City of Palm Desert. Although no DUI drivers were contacted, deputies made 31 vehicle enforcement stops and cited 27 drivers for various vehicle code violations.

Drivers caught driving impaired and charged with DUI can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to be approximately $13,500. This includes fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspension and other expenses not to mention possible jail time.

Palm Desert Sheriff’s Station reminds drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” Prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, can impair and result in a DUI. Marijuana can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs.

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


Palm Desert, Calif. - Deputies from the Palm Desert Sheriff’s Station will be out December 12, 2020 from 6:00 pm to 2:00am looking for drivers suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is committed to keeping the public safe when they need to run essential errands.

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. Driving sober is your safest bet.

Drivers caught driving impaired and charged with DUI will pay a stiff price: 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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