Hemet: One Drunk Driver Arrested & 32 License Violation Citations Issued at Saturday’s DUI Checkpoint

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, San Jacinto Station conducted a DUI / Driver’s License Checkpoint on Saturday, July 13, 2019 on Ramona Expressway at the intersection of Lyon Avenue / Potter Road between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. resulting in the following:

1,189 Vehicles Screened

8 Field Sobriety tests conducted

1 DUI Arrest

1 felony arrest warrant

32 Drivers cited/arrested for operating a vehicle unlicensed or while suspended/revoked

18 vehicles were towed

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

In 2017, 1,120 people were killed in alcohol-involved crashes on California roads. The San Jacinto 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.

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 these enforcement efforts are provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Any questions regarding the checkpoint, please contact Deputy Cortez at the San Jacinto Station, 951-654-2702.

Press Release Provided By the Riverside County Sheriffs Department