The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Lake Elsinore Station made five arrests for driving under the influence and narcotics violations while conducting a DUI/Driver’s License checkpoint on Aug. 30 between the hours of 9 p.m. and 3 p.m. at the intersection of Railroad Canyon Road and Church Road.
Approximately 3,390 vehicles went through the checkpoint. Forty-six vehicles were diverted for a secondary screening and nine SFST’s were conducted. Two drivers were arrested for DUI, three subjects were arrested/booked for possession of methamphetamine/paraphernalia, 12 drivers were cited/arrested for operating a vehicle unlicensed or with a suspended/revoked license and eight vehicles were towed/impounded.
Funding for this checkpoint was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests.
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 and possible jail time.
The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department 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.
The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Lake Elsinore Station will be conducting another DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint and/or DUI Saturation Patrol in the future in its ongoing commitment to take suspected impaired drivers off our streets and highways, ultimately lowering the risk for deaths and injuries.