San Jacinto: DUI / Driver’s License Checkpoint

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From Riverside County Sheriff Press Release  12-18-2016:

Press Release: DUI / Driver’s License Checkpoint
Agency: San Jacinto Police
Station Area: Hemet
Written Date: December 12, 2016 Time: 1:30 PM
Incident Date: December 17-18, 2016 Time: 6:00 PM – 2:00 AM
Incident Location: City of San Jacinto
Reporting Officer: Sergeant Robert Himmelberg
File Number(s): N/A


San Jacinto, CA
– The San Jacinto Police Department conducted a DUI/ Driver’s License Checkpoint on December 17, 2016, on Esplanade Avenue near Santa Fe Avenue, between the hours of 6:00 P.M. and 2:00 A.M. Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driver deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public. DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoints have been shown to lower DUI deaths and injuries. A major component of these checkpoints are the deterrent effects it has on those who might drive drunk or drug impaired, bringing about more awareness and encouraging everyone to use sober designated drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent. Ninety Percent of California drivers approve of checkpoints.

Checkpoint results:

549 Vehicles Screened

  • 1 DUI-Drug impaired suspect arrested
  • 1 DUI-Alcohol suspect arrested
  • 1 Suspect arrested for illegal drugs
  • 18 Drivers cited/arrested for operating a vehicle unlicensed or while suspended/revoked
  • 2 Arrested on other Criminal Charges
  • 22 Citations issued

The San Jacinto Police Department will be conducting additional DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint throughout the year, in our ongoing commitment to lowering deaths and injuries upon our streets and highways. The checkpoint was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1!

Details:

The San Jacinto Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on Saturday, December 17, 2016, at an undisclosed location within the city of San Jacinto between the hours of 6:00 P.M. and 2:00 A.M.

The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes.  Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized DUI checkpoints and proactive DUI patrols are conducted routinely.

Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment with officers checking drivers for proper licensing, delaying motorists only momentarily.  When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving.

Recent statistics reveal that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their system.  A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent).  Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent.  Nearly 90 percent of California drivers approve of DUI checkpoints.

DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests affording the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public.

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000 not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out.

Funding for this checkpoint is provided to the San Jacinto Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to ‘Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911’.


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