Temecula: Seven Arrested at Friday Night’s DUI / Driver’s License Checkpoint

Seven people were arrested at Riverside County Sheriff’s Department/Temecula Sheriff’s Station DUI / Driver’s License Checkpoint conducted on Friday, August 23, 2019. 

The checkpoint was set up at Old Town Front Street and Moreno Road between the hours of 8:00 p.m. to 2:00 am.

Checkpoint Results:

1296 Vehicles screened

22 Field Sobriety tests conducted

7 DUI Arrests

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

8 Vehicles towed

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

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

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department/Temecula Sheriff’s 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/Temecula Sherriff’s Station by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Press Release Provided by the Riverside County Sheriffs Department