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Posted on: May 21, 2022

Planned sobriety checkpoint - Update

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Riverside County Sheriff's Department Press Release

Reporting Deputy: Sergeant Joey Sinz

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Update:

Temecula, CA – The Riverside County Sheriff’s Southwest Station made two arrests for driving under the influence and one arrest for an outstanding criminal warrant while conducting a DUI/Driver's License checkpoint on Friday, May 20, 2022. The checkpoint was in the 30500 Block of Rancho California Road from 7:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m.

In addition, eight drivers were cited for operating a vehicle unlicensed, two drivers were cited for driving on a suspended license, one driver was cited for an outstanding traffic warrant, and five vehicles were towed.

Details:

Temecula, California. – The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Southwest Station will be conducting a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) / Driver’s License Checkpoint on Friday, May 20, 2022, at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m.

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

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Southwest Station 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.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Southwest Station 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, Southwest Station by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  Please direct any questions regarding the checkpoint to Deputy Munoz at 951-654-2702.

For media inquiries regarding this incident please contact the Media Information Bureau.

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