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  • Halloween Weekend DUI Checkpoints
    Happy Halloween! If you plan on going out and drinking this weekend, please be aware of all the upcoming DUI Sobriety Checkpoints all throughout California. Whi ...
 

Riverside County DUI Checkpoint Press Releases

Our California DUI Defense Attorneys want you to be aware of all upcoming DUI sobriety checkpoints, including ones in Riverside County. Call us at 888-844-4384 or fill out our free DUI case evaluation form to have a DUI attorney contact you directly for more information!

Riverside County - June 29-31, 2012

DUI checkpoints are a proven enforcement tool effective in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol involved crashes.

Norco: 8pm-3am - undisclosed location 

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Riverside County - June 22-24, 2012

The purpose of the sobriety checkpoint is to reduce the number of traffic collisions related to intoxicated drivers and hit and run collisions. The checkpoint will serve as a reminder to use designated drivers and not drink and drive. Our message is simple: if we catch you drunk, you will be arrested.

Friday, June 22

Coachella: 6pm-2am - undisclosed location 

Saturday, June 23

Perris: 6pm-2am - undisclosed location


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Riverside County - June 15-17, 2012

All too often, residents of the southern Coachella Valley are senselessly injured or killed on local roadways by impaired drivers. This DUI/Driver's License checkpoint is an effort to reduce those tragedies, as well as ensuring drivers have a valid driver's license. A major component of these checkpoints is to increase awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and to encourage sober designated drivers.

Friday, June 15

San Jacinto: 8pm-3am - undisclosed location

Saturday, June 16

Coachella Valley: 5pm-1am - unincorporated communities of Mecca, Oasis, Thermal and Vista Santa Rosa

Lake Elsinore: evening - undisclosed location 

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Riverside County - June 8-10, 2012

Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes, court probation and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

Friday, June 8

Moreno Valley: 8:30pm-2:30am - undisclosed location

Palm Desert: 9pm-3am - undisclosed location

Perris: 6pm-2am - undisclosed location

Saturday, June 9

Hemet: 7pm-3am - undisclosed location

Norco: 8pm-3am - undisclosed location

Palm Desert: 9pm-3am - undisclosed location


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Riverside County - May 25-27, 2012

Extra DUI Roving Patrols will be assigned by police in the cities of  Banning, Blythe, Desert Hot Springs, La Quinta, and Moreno Valley.

Sheriff's deputies willstaff extra DUI units in the cities of  La Quinta, Lake Elsinore, San Jacinto, Menifee and Murrieta to support those police departments.

California Highway Patrol Maximum Enforcement Period: CHP will deploy all available officers to the region's freeways and unincorporated roads beginning 6 PM, Friday through midnight, Monday.

FRIDAY, May 25, 2012

  • La Quinta Police Department: 7 p.m. to 3 a.m.
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  • Lake Elsinore Police Department: 8 p.m. to 3 a.m.
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  • Moreno Valley Police Department: 8:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.
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  • Palm Desert Police Department: 7 p.m. to 3 a.m.
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  • Palm Springs Police Department: 8 p.m. to 3 a.m.

SATURDAY, May 26: 

  • Coachella Police Department: Undisclosed Time
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  • Norco Police Department: 8 p.m. to 3 a.m.
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  • Riverside Police Department: 6 p.m. to 12 a.m.

SUNDAY, May 27: 

Perris: 4pm-12am - undisclosed location 

DUI Saturation Patrols

Friday May 25, 2012 - Monday May 28, 2012

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Riverside County - May 18-20, 2012

DUI checkpoints are a proven enforcement tool effective in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol involved crashes. Research shows that crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough.

Friday, May 18

Riverside: 6pm-12am - undisclosed location 

Saturday, May 19

Coachella Valley: 6pm-1am - communities of Mecca, Oasis, Thermal and Vista Santa Rosa 

Palm Desert: 8pm-3am - undisclosed location within city limits

Perris: 6pm-2am - undisclosed location within city limits


Riverside County - May 11-13, 2012

Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes, court probation and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

Friday, May 11

Moreno Valley: 8:30pm-2:30am - undisclosed location 

Perris: 8pm-2am - DUI roving patrol throughout city



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Riverside County - May 03-07, 2012

Cinco de Mayo has become a traditional time for many to celebrate California's rich cultural history. But it is also a night out with expected dangers when someone chooses to drink and drive. Party hosts, bars and restaurants this year must be sure to plan and promote designating sober drivers in advance.

Friday, May 4

Moreno Valley - 8:30pm-2:30am - undisclosed location 

Saturday, May 5

Lake Elsinore -  all day - Roving DUI patrol city wide 

Temecula - 9pm-3am - undisclosed locations (2 DUI checkpoints)

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Perris - April 27, 2012

Perris, CA - Perris Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a special DUI Roving Saturation Patrol on April 27, 2012 between the hours of 8:00 PM and 02:00 AM.

Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed 11 lives and resulted in 331 injury crashes harming numerous friends and neighbors in Perris.

Statewide, overall traffic deaths declined by 23 percent, from 3,995 in 2007 to 3,081 in 2009. Total traffic fatalities are at their lowest levels in six decades. DUI deaths declined by 16 percent, from 1,132 in 2007 to 950 in 2009.

Provided by the Riverside Sheriff's Department

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San Jacinto - April 21, 2012

The San Jacinto Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Driver's License checkpoint on Saturday, April 21st from 7:00 PM - 3:00 AM within the city of San Jacinto. DUI checkpoints are conducted to educate the public on the dangers of impaired driving as well as to identify offenders and get them off the street.

Provided by the Riverside Sheriff's Department 

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Moreno Valley - April 6, 2012

The Moreno Valley Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Driver's License checkpoint on Friday, April 6, 2012 at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 8:30 PM and 2:30 AM. Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public.

Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes, court probation and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

This DUI/Drivers License checkpoint is an effort to reduce those tragedies, as well as ensuring drivers have a valid driver's license. A major component of these checkpoints is to increase awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and to encourage sober designated drivers.

Provided by the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

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Norco - March 31, 2012

Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes, court probation and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

This DUI/Driver's License checkpoint is an effort to reduce the number of community members injured or killed on local roadways by impaired drivers, as well as ensuring drivers have a valid driver's license. A major component of these checkpoints is to increase awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and to encourage sober designated drivers.

Agency: Norco Office
Station Area: Jurupa Valley
Written Date: March 27, 2012 Time: 1:30 PM
Incident Date: March 31, 2012 Time: 8:00 PM - 3:00 AM
Incident Location: Undisclosed location within the City of Norco

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Riverside County DUI Checkpoints - March 23-25, 2012

In an effort to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol involved crashes, DUI checkpoints are conducted to identify offenders and get them off the street, as well as educate the public on the dangers of impaired driving.

Perris - 6pm-2am - undisclosed location

Temecula - 8pm-3am - undisclosed location

Provided by the Riverside County Sheriff's Department

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Riverside County DUI Checkpoints - March 16-17, 2012

Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes, court probation and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

DUI Checkpoint Locations

March 16th 

Moreno Valley - 8:30pm-2:30am - undisclosed locations

Murrieta - 7pm-3am - undisclosed locations

Norco - 8pm-3am - undisclosed locations

This DUI/Drivers License checkpoint is an effort to reduce those tragedies, as well as ensuring drivers have a valid driver's license. A major component of these checkpoints is to increase awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and to encourage 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.

Funding for this operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Provided by the Riverside County Sheriff's Department

Perris - March 10, 2012

The Perris Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint on Saturday March 10, 2012 at in the city of Perris, between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. DUI checkpoints are a proven enforcement tool effective in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol involved crashes. Research shows that crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough.

Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Officers will also check for proper licensing and will strive to delay motorists only momentarily. Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

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. Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public.

Provided by the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

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Palm Springs - March 2, 2012

The Palm Springs Police Department will be conducting a DUI/driver's license checkpoint at 9 p.m. on Friday, March 2 at an undisclosed location within the city.

Officers will be screening for alcohol or drug impaired drivers. They will also be checking drivers for proper licensing.

Drivers found to be impaired by alcohol or drugs can expect to face jail time, license suspension, insurance increases, fines, fees, DUI classes, and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

The checkpoint is funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Provided by an article on My Desert.

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Moreno - March 2, 2012

The Moreno Valley Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint on Friday, March 2, 2012 at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 8:30 pm and 2:30 am. Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public.

Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes, court probation and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

This DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint is an effort to reduce those tragedies, as well as ensuring drivers have a valid driver's license. A major component of these checkpoints is to increase awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and to encourage 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.

Provided by theRiverside County Sheriff's Department

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Coachella - March 2, 2012

Coachella, CA -Coachella Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint on March 2, 2012, between the hours of 6:00 PM and 2:00 AM. DUI checkpoints are a proven enforcement tool effective in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol involved crashes. Research shows that crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough.

Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint and looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Officers will also check drivers for proper licensing and will strive to delay motorists only momentarily. Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

In 2010, over 10,000 people were killed nationally in motor vehicle traffic crashes that involved at least one driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or higher. In Californian, this deadly crime led to 791 deaths because someone failed to designate a sober driver.

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. Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public.

"Deaths from drunk and drug-impaired driving are going down in California," said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS). "But that still means that hundreds of our friends, family and co-workers are killed each year, along with tens of thousands who are seriously injured. We must all continue to work together to bring an end to these tragedies. If you see a Drunk Driver - Call 9-1-1."

Provided by the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

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Hemet - February 24, 2012

The purpose of the checkpoint is to promote public safety; increase awareness of the dangers associated with drinking and driving, as well as drug impaired and unlicensed drivers.

Checkpoints are routinely designed and set up in areas that have had an influx of DUI related collisions, arrests or calls for service.If you are a motorist and happen to enter a DUI/Driver's license checkpoint please proceed with caution.There will be advanced warning signs or devices to warn motorists to slow down and to have their driver's license ready to present to an officer.

Hemet DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint - undisclosed location

Officers make every attempt to keep the flow of traffic moving and to keep motorists from being unreasonably delayed.If you happen to enter a checkpoint, do not make attempts to turn out from within the cone pattern.This is not only illegal, but can be dangerous and cause a traffic collision.

Funding for the checkpoint will be provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Perris - February 10, 2012

Perris, CA - Officers from the Perris Police Department's DUI Enforcement Team will be deploying this weekend to stop and arrest impaired drivers in the department's ongoing traffic safety campaign.

"For those who don't care about their own safety or the safety of others, BEWARE - We're looking for you," said Sergeant Dan Lingo, Perris PD. "If we catch you behind the wheel of your car, truck or ride your motorcycle buzzed, you will go to jail this weekend."

Perris PD will be conducting another "Zero Tolerance" DUI Saturation Patrol on Friday February 10, 2012, targeting those who still don't heed the message to designate a sober driver before their celebrations begin. Funding for this program is though a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

"Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed 11 lives and resulted in 331 injury crashes harming many of our friends and neighbors," said Sergeant Dan Lingo.

Statewide, overall traffic deaths declined by 23 percent, from 3,995 in 2007 to 3,081 in 2009. Total traffic fatalities are at their lowest levels in six decades. DUI deaths declined by 16 percent, from 1,132 in 2007 to 950 in 2009. Alcohol impaired deaths still make up the largest category of overall vehicle fatalities, with 31 percent of all deaths caused by a drunk driver.

"Everyone in California should be heartened with these declines," said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS). "But as encouraging as this is, we can't let up on the efforts to encourage and support traffic safety. Please, help make your community safe; if you see a Drunk Driver - Call 9-1-1."

Provided by the Riverside County Sheriff's Department

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Perris - February 3, 2012

The Perris Police Department will conduct a sobriety and driver's license checkpoint on Friday, February 3, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. in the city of Perris, where a significant number of DUI-related collisions and DUI arrests have occurred. Officers will screen drivers passing through the checkpoint for sobriety and for a valid driver's license. Drivers found to be under the influence of alcohol or other drugs will be arrested, and unlicensed drivers may be cited and have their cars towed.

"DUI arrests can be embarrassing and expensive, but they're easy to prevent," said Captain John Hill. "If you're drinking, hand your keys over to a designated sober driver, or call a taxi or sober friend for a ride home. Don't risk an arrest ---or worse, a serious injury or even death."

The purpose of the sobriety checkpoint is to reduce the number of traffic collisions related to intoxicated drivers and hit and run collisions. The checkpoint will serve as a reminder to use designated drivers and not drink and drive. Our message is simple: if we catch you drunk, you will be arrested.

It is the Perris Police Department's goal to continue providing public awareness on the dangers of drinking and driving, and the laws concerning driving without a driver's license. Motorists approaching a checkpoint will observe traffic signs, information and police officers advising that a checkpoint is ahead. Once diverted into a lane, motorists will be delayed a moment while an officer explains the purpose of the checkpoint.

Funding for this checkpoint comes from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. We can all help make our streets safer, please Report Drunk Drivers - Call 911.

Provided by the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

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Moreno Valley - January 27, 2012

The Moreno Valley Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Driver's License checkpoint on Friday, January 27 at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 8:30 p.m. and 2:30 a.m. Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public.

Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes, court probation and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

This DUI/Driver's License checkpoint is an effort to reduce those tragedies, as well as ensuring drivers have a valid driver's license. A major component of these checkpoints is to increase awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and to encourage 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.

Funding for this operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Provided by the  Riverside County Sheriff's Department

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Perris - January 27, 2012

Officers from the Perris Police Department's DUI Enforcement Team will be deploying this weekend to stop and arrest impaired drivers in the department's ongoing traffic safety campaign.

"For those who don't care about their own safety or the safety of others, BEWARE - We're looking for you," said Sergeant Dan Lingo, Perris PD. "If we catch you behind the wheel of your car, truck or ride your motorcycle buzzed, you will go to jail this weekend."

Perris PD will be conducting another "Zero Tolerance" DUI Saturation Patrol on Friday January 27, 2012, targeting those who still don't heed the message to designate a sober driver before their celebrations begin. Funding for this program is through a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

"Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed 11 lives and resulted in 331 injury crashes harming many of our friends and neighbors," said Sergeant Lingo.

Statewide, overall traffic deaths declined by 23 percent, from 3,995 in 2007 to 3,081 in 2009. Total traffic fatalities are at their lowest levels in six decades. DUI deaths declined by 16 percent, from 1,132 in 2007 to 950 in 2009. Alcohol impaired deaths still make up the largest category of overall vehicle fatalities, with 31 percent of all deaths caused by a drunk driver.

"Everyone in California should be heartened with these declines," said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS). "But as encouraging as this is, we can't let up on the efforts to encourage and support traffic safety. Please, help make your community safe; if you see a Drunk Driver - Call 9-1-1."

Provided by the Riverside County Sheriff's Department

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Norco - January 28, 2012

he Jurupa Valley Station / Norco Office will be conducting a DUI / Driver's License checkpoint on Saturday, January 28, 2012 at an undisclosed location within the city limits of Norco between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public.

Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes, court probation and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

This DUI / Driver's License checkpoint is an effort to reduce the number of community members injured or killed on local roadways by impaired drivers, as well as ensuring drivers have a valid driver's license. A major component of these checkpoints is to increase awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and to encourage 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.

Provided by the  Riverside County Sheriff's Department

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Rancho Mirage - January 20, 2012

Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes, court probation and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

This DUI / Driver's License checkpoint is an effort to reduce the number of community members injured or killed on local roadways by impaired drivers, as well as ensuring drivers have a valid driver's license. A major component of these checkpoints is to increase awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and to encourage 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.

Funding for this operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Rancho Mirage - 8pm-3am - undisclosed location

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Moreno Valley - January 13, 2012

The Moreno Valley Police Department will be conducting a specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation on Friday, January 13 in an effort to continue lowering deaths and injuries. Extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas frequented by motorcyclists and where motorcycle crashes occur. Officers will be looking for drivers and riders who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol and cracking down on traffic violations made by motorcyclists as well as other vehicle drivers that can lead to motorcycle collisions, injuries and fatalities.

While motorcycle fatalities had been on the rise in California, increasing 175 percent in the last decade, from 204 killed in 1998 to 560 killed in 2008, the trend has changed. In 2009, California experienced a 29.6 percent reduction with 394 motorcyclists killed, and preliminary 2010 numbers indicate another 10 percent drop to 353 motorcyclists killed.

California collision data reveals that primary causes of motorcycle-involved crashes include speeding, unsafe turning and impairment due to alcohol and other drugs. The Moreno Valley Police Department is also reminding all motorists to always be alert and watch out for motorcycles, especially when turning and changing lanes.

Some of the reduction in riders killed can be attributed to fewer improperly licensed riders. In 2008, 62.7% of motorcycle operators killed under age 25 were not properly licensed. In 2009, that statistic fell to only 45.5%. Riders, young and old, are encouraged to be properly licensed and to seek training and safety information.

"The terrible trend of rising motorcyclist fatalities has been reversed, though there is more that everyone can do to save more lives. Riders and drivers need to respect each other and share the road," said California Office of Traffic Safety Director, Christopher J. Murphy.

Provided by the Riverside County Sheriff's Department

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Norco - January 7, 2011

 The Norco Office of The Riverside County Sheriff's Department will be conducting a DUI/Driver's License checkpoint on Saturday, January 7, 2012, from 7:00 PM - 3:00 AM within the city of Norco.

In an effort to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol-involved crashes, DUI checkpoints are conducted to identify offenders and get them off the street, as well as educate the public on the dangers of impaired driving.

All too often, members of our community are senselessly injured or killed on local roadways by impaired drivers. This DUI/Driver's License checkpoint is an effort to reduce those tragedies, as well as ensuring drivers have a valid driver's license. A major component of these checkpoints is to increase awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and to encourage sober designated drivers.

A DUI checkpoint is a proven-effective method for achieving this goal. By publicizing these enforcement and education efforts, the Norco Office of The Riverside County Sheriff's Department believes motorists can be deterred from drinking and driving.

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Murrieta - December 30, 2011

A DUI/driver's license checkpoint is set for Murrieta tonight.

Between 7 p.m. Friday and 3 a.m. Saturday, the Murrieta Police Department will conduct the checkpoint at an undisclosed location. 

Motorists approaching the checkpoint will see signs advising them that it is ahead, said Murrieta police Cpl. Jay Froboese, in a news release. Cars will be directed into a single lane, where they will be momentarily detained while an officer explains the purpose of the checkpoint, he said.

"Traffic volume permitting, all vehicles will be checked."

The checkpoint is being held in cooperation with the Riverside County Avoid the 30 campaign, and is completely funded by the State of California through the Office of Traffic Safety.

A checkpoint planned on Dec. 17 by the Murrieta Police Department was canceled due to rain.

"The goal of the Murrieta Police Department is to reduce traffic related fatalities, injuries, and collisions through enforcement and education programs as well as reduce Driving Under the Influence (DUI) involved collisions," Froboese said.

"Checkpoints placed on roads with identified DUI problems tend to help reduce the number of drinking drivers on the road, even though arrest totals do not rise dramatically.

"A major value of checkpoints is their psychological influences, based upon studies conducted by the California Highway Patrol."

Provided by the Murrieta Patch.

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Coachella - December 30, 2011

The Coachella Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Driver's License checkpoint on Friday, 12/30/11, between the hours of 7:00 P.M. to 1:30 A.M. In an effort to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol-involved crashes, DUI checkpoints are conducted to identify offenders and get them off the street, as well as educate the public on the dangers of impaired driving.

All too often, members of our community are senselessly injured or killed on local roadways by impaired drivers. This DUI/Driver's License checkpoint is an effort to reduce those tragedies, as well as ensuring drivers have a valid driver's license. A major component of these checkpoints is to increase awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and to encourage sober designated drivers.

A DUI checkpoint is a proven-effective method for achieving this goal. By publicizing these enforcement and education efforts, the Coachella Police Department believes motorists can be deterred from drinking and driving.

Traffic volume and weather permitting, all vehicles may be checked and drivers who are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs will be arrested. Our objective is to send a clear message to those who are considering driving a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol and/or drugs - Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest. The public is encouraged to help keep roadways safe by calling 911 if they see a suspected impaired driver.

Provided by the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

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Riverside - December 23, 2011

Riverside, CA- As you celebrate the holiday season enjoying the traditions of food, family and fun,  be reminded that police officers, sheriff deputies and the CHP will be out in force during the holiday  season from December 16, 2011, to January 2, 2012, to arrest anyone caught driving drunk behind  the wheel.  "RUOK?" is the text message version of the often heard question, "Are you okay to drive?"  If you  have to ask someone this question, you already know the answer.  You know they have had too  much to drink or are showing signs of being "buzzed."  You know that they are not okay to drive.   Merely asking the question does not relieve you of the responsibility.  You should call them a cab,  take them home yourself, or offer your couch. 

Approximately 30 DUI/ Driver's License Checkpoints, Multi Agency DUI Task Force deployments and  roving DUI patrols are scheduled locally in partnership with law enforcement statewide and around  the county during the Winter Holiday Anti-DUI Campaign.  DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations  that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence.  Officers will  be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol  and/or drug impairment. 

Grant-funded Drug Recognition Experts will be staffing most of the checkpoints.   

Thurs, Dec 22nd

DUI Saturation Patrols   City of Palm Springs 

Fri, Dec 23rd 

DUI/DL CHECKPOINT   CHP - Riverside 

DUI/DL CHECKPOINT  City of Palm Desert     

MULTI-AGENCY DUI/CDL CHECKPOINT   City of Hemet 

MULTI-AGENCY TASK FORCE Cities of Coachella, La Quinta and Blythe 

DUI Saturation Patrols   City of Riverside 

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Murrieta - December 17, 2011

On Saturday December 17, 2011, the Murrieta Police Department will conduct a multi-agency Avoid the 30 combination sobriety/driver's license checkpoint in the City of Murrieta from 7:00 pm to 3:00 am.  This checkpoint is completely funded by the State of California through the Office of Traffic Safety and the Riverside County Avoid the 30 Program.

The goal of the Murrieta Police Department is to reduce traffic related fatalities, injuries, and collisions through enforcement and education programs as well as reduce Driving Under the Influence (DUI) involved collisions.

Motorists approaching the DUI checkpoint will see informational signs advising them that a sobriety / driver's license checkpoint is ahead.  Once diverted into a single lane, motorists will be detained only for a few moments while an officer explains the purpose of the checkpoint.  Traffic volume permitting, all vehicles will be checked. 

Checkpoints placed on roads with identified DUI problems tend to help reduce the number of drinking drivers on the road, even though arrest totals do not rise dramatically.  A major value of checkpoints is their psychological influences, based upon studies conducted by the California Highway Patrol.

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San Jacinto - December 3, 2011

San Jacinto Police Department Targets Impaired Drivers with Checkpoint

The San Jacinto Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Driver's License checkpoint on Saturday, December 3rd from 7:00 PM - 3:00 AM within the city of San Jacinto.

DUI checkpoints are conducted to educate the public on the dangers of impaired driving as well as to identify offenders and get them off the street.

All too often, members of our community are senselessly injured or killed on local roadways by impaired drivers.

This DUI/Driver's License checkpoint is an effort to reduce those tragedies; as well as ensuring drivers have a valid driver's license.

The goals of these checkpoints are to increase awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and to encourage the use of sober designated drivers.

A DUI checkpoint is a proven-effective method for achieving this goal. By publicizing these enforcement and education efforts, the San Jacinto Police Department believes motorists can be deterred from drinking and driving.

Traffic volume and weather permitting, all vehicles may be checked and drivers who are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs will be arrested.

Our objective is to send a clear message to those who are considering driving a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol and/or drugs - Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest.

The public is encouraged to help keep roadways safe by calling 9-1-1 if they see a suspected impaired driver.

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Norco - November 25, 2011

The Norco Office of The Riverside County Sheriff's Department will be conducting a DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint on Friday, November 25, 2011, from 7:00 PM - 3:00 AM within the City of Norco.

In an effort to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol-involved crashes, DUI checkpoints are conducted to identify offenders and get them off the street, as well as educate the public on the dangers of impaired driving.

All too often, members of our community are senselessly injured or killed on local roadways by impaired drivers.

This DUI/Driver's License checkpoint is an effort to reduce those tragedies, as well as ensuring drivers have a valid driver's license.

A major component of these checkpoints is to increase awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and to encourage sober designated drivers.

A DUI checkpoint is a proven-effective method for achieving this goal. By publicizing these enforcement and education efforts, the Norco Office of The Riverside County Sheriff's Department believes motorists can be deterred from drinking and driving.

Traffic volume and weather permitting, all vehicles may be checked and drivers who are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs will be arrested. Our objective is to send a clear message to those who are considering driving a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol and/or drugs - Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest. The public is encouraged to help keep roadways safe by calling 911 if they see a suspected impaired driver.

Funding for this operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Provided by the Riverside County Sheriff's Department

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Murrieta - October 29, 2011

Murrieta, CA - Murrieta Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on Saturday, October 29, 2011, at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of  7:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m.  DUI checkpoints are a proven enforcement tool effective in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol involved crashes. Research shows that crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough.

Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment.  Officers will also check for proper licensing and will strive to delay motorists only momentarily. Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed 3 lives and resulted in 24 injury crashes harming 27 of our friends and neighbors in the city of Murrieta. 

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. Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public.

Provided by the Murrieta Police Department

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Riverside - October 28, 2011

Riverside, CA - The Riverside Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Driver's License checkpoint on Friday, October 28, 2011, at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m.

DUI checkpoints are a proven enforcement tool effective in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol involved crashes. Research shows that crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough.

Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment.

Officers will also check for proper licensing and will strive to delay motorists only momentarily.

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, DUI classes, and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

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San Jacino - September 2, 2011

San Jacinto, CA -San Jacinto Police Department today announced it will join nearly 10,000 other law enforcement agencies nationwide in support of an intensive crackdown on impaired driving August 19 - September 5, known as " Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over."

A DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint is scheduled for September 2, 2011 within the city limits starting at 6:30 PM, in partnership with law enforcement nationwide during the Summer/Labor Day Campaign.

The crime of impaired driving is a serious one. In 2009 alone, 10,839 people died in crashes in which a driver or motorcycle rider was at or above the legal limit, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The age group with the highest percentage of alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes was the 21-to-24 age group.

"All too often, innocent, law-abiding people suffer tragic consequences and the loss of loved ones due to this careless disregard for human life. Because we're committed to ending the carnage, we're intensifying enforcement during the crackdown. Since twice as many alcohol-impaired accidents occur over the weekend and four times as many occur at night, we will be especially vigilant during these high-risk times when impaired drivers are most likely to be on our roads," said Police Chief Sue Trevino, San Jacinto Police Department.

Riverside County Avoid the 30 Task Force will also deploy DUI Driver's License Checkpoints, Multi Agency DUI Task Force operations and local Roving DUI patrols during 18 day Summer/Labor Day Campaign.

"Our message is simple and unwavering: if we find you driving impaired, we will arrest you. No exceptions," said Chief Sue Trevino. "Even if you beat the odds and manage to walk away from an impaired-driving crash alive, the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for driving while impaired can still destroy your life."

According to San Jacinto PD, violators will face jail time, loss of their driver licenses, or being sentenced to use ignition interlocks. Their insurance rates go up. Other financial hits include attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of job or job prospects. When family, friends and co-workers find out, violators can also face tremendous personal embarrassment and humiliation.

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Palm Desert - September 3, 2011

The Palm Desert Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Driver's License checkpoint on Saturday, September 3, 2011 from 8:00 PM to 2:00 AM, within the city of Palm Desert. In an effort to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol-involved crashes, DUI checkpoints are conducted to identify offenders and get them off the street, as well as educate the public on the dangers of impaired driving.

All too often, members of our community are senselessly injured or killed on local roadways by impaired drivers. This DUI/Drivers License checkpoint is an effort to reduce those tragedies, as well as ensuring drivers have a valid driver's license. A major component of these checkpoints is to increase awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and to encourage sober designated drivers.

A DUI checkpoint is a proven-effective method for achieving this goal. By publicizing these enforcement and education efforts, The Palm Desert Police Department believes motorists can be deterred from drinking and driving.

Traffic volume and weather permitting, all vehicles may be checked and drivers who are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs will be arrested. Our objective is to send a clear message to those who are considering driving a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol and/or drugs - Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest. The public is encouraged to help keep roadways safe by calling 911 if they see a suspected impaired driver.

Provided by the Riverside Sheriff's Department.

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Lake Elsinore - September 2, 2011

The Lake Elsinore Police Department today announced it will join nearly 10,000 other law enforcement agencies nationwide in support of an intensive crackdown on impaired driving August 19 - September 5, known as "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over."

A DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint is scheduled for September 02, 2011 at an undisclosed location within the city limit, in partnership with law enforcement nationwide during the Summer/Labor Day Campaign.

The crime of impaired driving is a serious one. In 2009 alone, 10,839 people died in crashes in which a driver or motorcycle rider was at or above the legal limit, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The age group with the highest percentage of alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes was the 21-to-24 age group.

All too often, innocent, law-abiding people suffer tragic consequences and the loss of loved ones due to this careless disregard for human life. Because we're committed to ending the carnage, we're intensifying enforcement during the crackdown. Since twice as many alcohol-impaired accidents occur over the weekend and four times as many occur at night, we will be especially vigilant during these high-risk times when impaired drivers are most likely to be on our roads.

Riverside County Avoid the 30 Task Force will also deploy additional DUI Driver's License Checkpoints, Multi Agency DUI Task Force operations and local Roving DUI patrols during the 18 day Summer/Labor Day Campaign.

"Our message is simple and unwavering: if we find you driving impaired, we will arrest you. No exceptions," "Even if you beat the odds and manage to walk away from an impaired-driving crash alive, the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for driving while impaired can still destroy your life."

Violators will face jail time, loss of their driver licenses, or being sentenced to use ignition interlocks. Their insurance rates go up. Other financial hits include attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of job or job prospects. When family, friends and co-workers find out, violators can also face tremendous personal embarrassment and humiliation.

Provided by the Riverside Sheriff's Department.

Coachella - September 2, 2011

Coachella, CA -Coachella Police Department today announced it will join nearly 10,000 other law enforcement agencies nationwide in support of an intensive crackdown on impaired driving August 19 - September 5, known as "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over."

A DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint is scheduled for September 2, 2011 at an undisclosed location within the city limit beginning at 7:00 PM in partnership with law enforcement nationwide during the Summer/Labor Day Campaign.

The crime of impaired driving is a serious one. In 2009 alone, 10,839 people died in crashes in which a driver or motorcycle rider was at or above the legal limit, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The age group with the highest percentage of alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes was the 21-to-24 age group.

"All too often, innocent, law-abiding people suffer tragic consequences and the loss of loved ones due to this careless disregard for human life. Because we're committed to ending the carnage, we're intensifying enforcement during the crackdown. Since twice as many alcohol-impaired accidents occur over the weekend and four times as many occur at night, we will be especially vigilant during these high-risk times when impaired drivers are most likely to be on our roads," said Police Chief Raymond Gregory, Coachella Police Department.

"Our message is simple and unwavering: if we find you driving impaired, we will arrest you. No exceptions," said Chief Raymond Gregory. "Even if you beat the odds and manage to walk away from an impaired-driving crash alive, the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for driving while impaired can still destroy your life."

According to Coachella Police Department, violators will face jail time, loss of their driver licenses, or being sentenced to use ignition interlocks. Their insurance rates go up. Other financial hits include attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of job or job prospects. When family, friends and co-workers find out, violators can also face tremendous personal embarrassment and humiliation.

Provided by the Riverside Sheriff's Department

Perris - August 27, 2011

Perris, CA - Perris Police Department today announced it will join nearly 10,000 other law enforcement agencies nationwide in support of an intensive crackdown on impaired driving August 19 - September 5, known as " Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over."

A DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint is scheduled for August 27, 2011 at an undisclosed location within the city limit beginning at 8:00 PM in partnership with law enforcement nationwide during the Summer/Labor Day Campaign.

The crime of impaired driving is a serious one. In 2009 alone, 10,839 people died in crashes in which a driver or motorcycle rider was at or above the legal limit, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The age group with the highest percentage of alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes was the 21-to-24 age group.

"All too often, innocent, law-abiding people suffer tragic consequences and the loss of loved ones due to this careless disregard for human life. Because we're committed to ending the carnage, we're intensifying enforcement during the crackdown. Since twice as many alcohol-impaired accidents occur over the weekend and four times as many occur at night, we will be especially vigilant during these high-risk times when impaired drivers are most likely to be on our roads," said Police Chief McElvain, Perris Police Department.

Riverside County Avoid the 30 Task Force will also deploy DUI Driver's License Checkpoints, Multi Agency DUI Task Force operations and local Roving DUI patrols during 18 day Summer/Labor Day Campaign.

"Our message is simple and unwavering: if we find you driving impaired, we will arrest you. No exceptions," said Chief McElvain. "Even if you beat the odds and manage to walk away from an impaired-driving crash alive, the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for driving while impaired can still destroy your life."

According to Perris PD, violators will face jail time, loss of their driver licenses, or being sentenced to use ignition interlocks. Their insurance rates go up. Other financial hits include attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of job or job prospects. When family, friends and co-workers find out, violators can also face tremendous personal embarrassment and humiliation.

Provided by the Riverside Sheriff's Department.

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Temecula - August 26, 2011

[Temecula, CA] -The Temecula Police Department today announced it will join nearly 10,000 other law enforcement agencies nationwide in support of an intensive crackdown on impaired driving August 19 - September 5, known as "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over."

A DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint(s) is/are scheduled for August 26th, 2011 at an undisclosed location within the city limit beginning at 9:00 PM in partnership with law enforcement nationwide during the summer Labor Day Campaign.

The crime of impaired driving is a serious one. In 2009 alone, 10,839 people died in crashes in which a driver or motorcycle rider was at or above the legal limit, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The age group with the highest percentage of alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes was the 21-to-24 age group.

"All too often, innocent, law-abiding people suffer tragic consequences and the loss of loved ones due to this careless disregard for human life. Because we're committed to ending the carnage, we're intensifying enforcement during the crackdown. Since twice as many alcohol-impaired accidents occur over the weekend and four times as many occur at night, we will be especially vigilant during these high-risk times when impaired drivers are most likely to be on our roads," said Police Chief Andre O'Harra, Temecula Police/Sheriff Department.

Riverside County Avoid the 30 Task Force will also deploy DUI Driver's License Checkpoints, Multi Agency DUI Task Force operations and local Roving DUI patrols during 18 day Summer/Labor Day Campaign.

"Our message is simple and unwavering: if we find you driving impaired, we will arrest you. No exceptions," said Chief Andre O'Harra. "Even if you beat the odds and manage to walk away from an impaired-driving crash alive, the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for driving while impaired can still destroy your life."

According to Temecula Police, violators will face jail time, loss of their driver licenses, or being sentenced to use ignition interlocks. Their insurance rates go up. Other financial hits include attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of job or job prospects.

When family, friends and co-workers find out, violators can also face tremendous personal embarrassment and humiliation.

Provided by the Riverside Sheriff's Department.

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Indian Wells - August 27, 2011

The Indian Wells Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Driver's License checkpoint on Saturday, August 27, 2011 from 8:00 PM to 2:00 AM, within the city of Indian Wells. In an effort to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol-involved crashes, DUI checkpoints are conducted to identify offenders and get them off the street, as well as educate the public on the dangers of impaired driving.

All too often, members of our community are senselessly injured or killed on local roadways by impaired drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Alcohol-impaired driving is a deadly crime that's still prevalent throughout America and is especially common among young males 21 to 34 years old. Additionally, 31 percent of drivers involved in fatal crashes on weekends were alcohol-impaired, compared with 16 percent during the weekdays.

This DUI/Drivers License checkpoint is an effort to reduce those tragedies, as well as ensuring drivers have a valid driver's license. A major component of these checkpoints is to increase awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and to encourage sober designated drivers.

A DUI checkpoint is a proven-effective method for achieving this goal. By publicizing these enforcement and education efforts, The Indian Wells Police Department believes motorists can be deterred from drinking and driving.

Traffic volume and weather permitting, all vehicles may be checked and drivers who are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs will be arrested. Our objective is to send a clear message to those who are considering driving a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol and/or drugs - Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest. The public is encouraged to help keep roadways safe by calling 911 if they see a suspected impaired driver.

Provided by the Riverside Sheriff's Department.

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Lake Elsinore - August 26, 2011

The Lake Elsinore Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Driver's License checkpoint this Friday, August 26th at an undisclosed location within the city limits.

The department is continuing its ongoing campaign to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol-involved crashes. DUI checkpoints are conducted to identify offenders and get them off the street, as well as bring awareness to our community of the dangers of impaired driving.

Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed 5 lives and resulted in 54 injury crashes harming 78 of our friends and neighbors.

Everyone can assist in preventing this crime from ever occurring. If you are planning a gathering or celebration with alcohol included, or if you are out on the town, plan ahead and designate a non-drinking sober driver. A DUI arrest costs upwards of $10,000, time in jail and the loss of your drivers license, including years of increased insurance rates.

Statewide, overall traffic deaths declined by 23 percent, from 3,995 in 2007 to 3,081 in 2009. Total traffic fatalities are at their lowest levels in six decades, when the federal government began compiling figures. DUI deaths declined by 16 percent, from 1,132 in 2007 to 950 in 2009.

Alcohol-impaired deaths still make up the largest category of overall vehicle fatalities, with 31 percent of all deaths caused by a drunk driver. A DUI checkpoint is a proven-effective method to lower these numbers. Additionally, drivers will be checked to ensure that they have a valid driver's license.

Provided by the Riverside Sheriff's Department.

Temecula - August 19, 2011

Sobriety checkpoints are planned for Temecula starting Friday, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

The end-of-summer "Avoid the 30" campaign -- named for the number of local police agencies involved -- will get under way at 6 p.m. Friday and continue to Sept. 5.

The patrols are part of a two-week crackdown on motorists driving under the influence of alcohol and committing other violations.

The effort is part of a national campaign called "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over," according to Riverside police Sgt. Skip Showalter, the Avoid coordinator.

Countywide anti-DUI operations will coincide with the California Highway Patrol's "Maximum Enforcement Period," which is set for Labor Day weekend.

During the MEP, 80 percent of the CHP's officers hit the streets to nab intoxicated motorists, speeders and other traffic violators.

"Weekend nights are particularly dangerous times for innocent victims of drunk drivers," said Riverside police Chief Sergio Diaz. "For that reason, during this operation, we will be deploying extraordinary numbers of Riverside Police Department officers to arrest impaired drivers during those hours. This operation is an integral part of the RPD's comprehensive strategy to make our streets and roads safer for all community members."

Provided by the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

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Murrieta - August 19, 2011

Murrieta, CA - Murrieta  Police Department  today announced it will join nearly 10,000 other law enforcement agencies nationwide in support of an intensive crackdown on impaired driving August 19 - September 5, known as "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over."

A DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint is scheduled for August 19th, 2011 at an undisclosed location within the city limit beginning at 6:00 PM in partnership with law enforcement nationwide during the Summer/Labor Day Campaign.  

The crime of impaired driving is a serious one. In 2009 alone, 10,839 people died in crashes in which a driver or motorcycle rider was at or above the legal limit, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The age group with the highest percentage of alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes was the 21-to-24 age group.

"Since twice as many alcohol-impaired accidents occur over the weekend and four times as many occur at night, we will be especially vigilant during these high-risk times when impaired drivers are most likely to be on our roads," said Police Chief Mike Baray, Murrieta Police Department.

Riverside County Avoid the 30 Task Force will also deploy DUI Driver's License Checkpoints, Multi Agency DUI Task Force operations and local Roving DUI patrols during 18 day Summer/Labor Day Campaign.

According to Murrieta PD, violators will face jail time, loss of their driver licenses, or being sentenced to use ignition interlocks. Their insurance rates go up. Other financial hits include attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of job or job prospects. When family, friends and co-workers find out, violators can also face tremendous personal embarrassment and humiliation.


Provided by the Riverside Sheriff's Department.

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Canyon Lake - August 19, 2011

Canyon Lake Police Department today announced it will join nearly 10,000 other law enforcement agencies nationwide in support of an intensive crackdown on impaired driving August 19 - September 5, known as "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over."

A DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint is scheduled for August 19, 2011 at an undisclosed location within the city limit beginning at 7:00 PM in partnership with law enforcement nationwide during the Summer/Labor Day Campaign.

The crime of impaired driving is a serious one. In 2009 alone, 10,839 people died in crashes in which a driver or motorcycle rider was at or above the legal limit, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The age group with the highest percentage of alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes was the 21-to-24 age group.

"All too often, innocent, law-abiding people suffer tragic consequences and the loss of loved ones due to this careless disregard for human life. Because we're committed to ending the carnage, we're intensifying enforcement during the crackdown. Since twice as many alcohol-impaired accidents occur over the weekend and four times as many occur at night, we will be especially vigilant during these high-risk times when impaired drivers are most likely to be on our roads," said Sheriff's Capitan James McElvain, Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

Riverside County Avoid the 30 Task Force will also deploy DUI Driver's License Checkpoints, Multi Agency DUI Task Force operations and local Roving DUI patrols during an 18-day Summer/Labor Day Campaign.

"Our message is simple and unwavering: if we find you driving impaired, we will arrest you. No exceptions," said Capitan McElvain. "Even if you beat the odds and manage to walk away from an impaired-driving crash alive, the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for driving while impaired can still destroy your life."

According to Canyon Lake PD, violators will face jail time, loss of their driver licenses, or being sentenced to use ignition interlocks. Their insurance rates go up. Other financial hits include attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of job or job prospects. When family, friends and co-workers find out, violators can also face tremendous personal embarrassment and humiliation.

Provided by the Riverside Sheriff's Department.

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Rancho Mirage - August 19, 2011

The Rancho Mirage Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Driver's License checkpoint on Friday, August 19, 2011 from 8:00 PM to 2:00 AM, within the city of Rancho Mirage. In an effort to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol-involved crashes, DUI checkpoints are conducted to identify offenders and get them off the street, as well as educate the public on the dangers of impaired driving.

All too often, members of our community are senselessly injured or killed on local roadways by impaired drivers. This DUI/Driver's License checkpoint is an effort to reduce those tragedies, as well as ensuring drivers have a valid driver's license. A major component of this checkpoint is to increase awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and to encourage sober designated drivers.

DUI checkpoints are a proven-effective method for achieving this goal. By publicizing these enforcement and education efforts, The Rancho Mirage Police Department believes motorists can be deterred from drinking and driving.

Traffic volume and weather permitting, all vehicles may be checked and drivers who are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs will be arrested. Our objective is to send a clear message to those who are considering driving a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol and/or drugs - Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest. The public is encouraged to help keep roadways safe by calling 911 if they see a suspected impaired driver.

Funding for this operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration who reminds everyone to please Report Drunk Driving by calling 911

Provided by the Riverside Sheriff's Department.  

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Coachella- August 19, 2011

The Coachella Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Driver's License checkpoint on Friday, 08/19/11, between the hours of 7:00 P.M. to 1:30 A.M. In an effort to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol-involved crashes, DUI checkpoints are conducted to identify offenders and get them off the street, as well as educate the public on the dangers of impaired driving.

All too often, members of our community are senselessly injured or killed on local roadways by impaired drivers. This DUI/Driver's License checkpoint is an effort to reduce those tragedies, as well as ensuring drivers have a valid driver's license. A major component of these checkpoints is to increase awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and to encourage sober designated drivers.

A DUI checkpoint is a proven-effective method for achieving this goal. By publicizing these enforcement and education efforts, the Coachella Police Department believes motorists can be deterred from drinking and driving.

Traffic volume and weather permitting, all vehicles may be checked and drivers who are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs will be arrested. Our objective is to send a clear message to those who are considering driving a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol and/or drugs - Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest. The public is encouraged to help keep roadways safe by calling 911 if they see a suspected impaired driver.

Funding for this operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Provided by the Coachella Police Department. 

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Rancho Mirage - August 13, 2011

The Rancho Mirage Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Driver License checkpoint on Saturday, August 13, 2011 from 8:00 PM to 2:00 AM, within the city of Rancho Mirage. In an effort to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol-involved crashes, DUI checkpoints are conducted to identify offenders and get them off the street, as well as educate the public on the dangers of impaired driving.

All too often, members of our community are senselessly injured or killed on local roadways by impaired drivers. This DUI/Driver License checkpoint is an effort to reduce those tragedies, as well as ensuring drivers have a valid driver's license. A major component of this checkpoint is to increase awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and to encourage sober designated drivers. DUI checkpoints are a proven-effective method for achieving this goal. By publicizing these enforcement and education efforts, The Rancho Mirage Police Department believes motorists can be deterred from drinking and driving.

Provided by theRancho Mirage Police.

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Perris - August 5, 2011

The Perris Police Department will conduct a sobriety and driver's license checkpoint on Saturday August 6, 2011 from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., in the city of Perris, where a significant number of DUI-related collisions and DUI arrests have occurred. Officers will screen drivers passing through the checkpoint for sobriety and for a valid driver's license. Drivers found to be under the influence of alcohol or other drugs will be arrested, and unlicensed drivers may be cited and have their cars towed.

"DUI arrests can be embarrassing and expensive, but they're easy to prevent," said Sergeant Dan Lingo, "If you're drinking, hand your keys over to a designated sober driver, or call a taxi or sober friend for a ride home. Don't risk an arrest ---or worse, a serious injury or even death."

The purpose of the sobriety checkpoint is to reduce the number of traffic collisions related to intoxicated drivers and hit and run collisions. The checkpoint will serve as a reminder to use designated drivers and not drink and drive. Our message is simple: if we catch you drunk, you will be arrested.

It is the Perris Police Department's goal to continue providing public awareness on the dangers of drinking and driving, and the laws concerning driving without a driver's license. Motorists approaching a checkpoint will observe traffic signs, information and police officers advising that a checkpoint is ahead. Once diverted into a lane, motorists will be delayed a moment while an officer explains the purpose of the checkpoint.

Provided by the Riverside County Sheriff's Department 

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Hemet - August 5, 2011

Hemet, CA - Hemet Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint on Friday, August 5th, 2011 at an undisclosed location within the city limits  between the hours of  8:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m.  DUI checkpoints are a proven enforcement tool effective in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol involved crashes, as well as being an valuable means for heightening awareness of the dangers of impaired driving.

Officers will be checking drivers through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol and or drug impairment. Officers will check for proper licensing and will strive to impact motorists only momentarily. If officers suspect that a driver has been drinking or is impaired, they will conduct a field sobriety test.  If you fail, expect jail, vehicle storage fees, license suspension, insurance rate increases, along with fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

Statewide, overall traffic deaths declined by 23 percent, from 3,995 in 2007 to 3,081 in 2009.  Total traffic fatalities are at their lowest levels in six decades, when the federal government began compiling figures.  DUI deaths declined by 16 percent, from 1,132 in 2007 to 950 in 2009, according to federal statistics.  Alcohol impaired deaths still make up the largest category of overall vehicle fatalities in 2009, with 31 percent of all deaths caused by a drunk or impaired driver.

"Everyone in California should be heartened with these figures," said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS).  "But as encouraging as this is, we can't let up on the efforts to encourage and support traffic safety.  You can help make your community safe; if you see a Drunk Driver - Call 9-1-1."

Provided by the Hemet Police Department.

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Lake Elsinore - August 5, 2011

The Lake Elsinore Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Driver's License checkpoint on Friday, August 5th. In an effort to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol involved crashes, DUI checkpoints are conducted to identify offenders and get them off the street, as well as educate the public on the dangers of impaired driving.

All too often, members of our community are senselessly injured or killed on local roadways by impaired drivers. This DUI/Drivers License checkpoint is an effort to reduce those tragedies, as well as ensuring drivers have a valid driver's license. A major component of these checkpoints is to increase awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and to encourage sober designated drivers.

A DUI checkpoint is a proven-effective method for achieving this goal. By publicizing these enforcement and education efforts, the Lake Elsinore Police Department believes motorists can be deterred from drinking and driving.

Traffic volume and weather permitting, all vehicles may be checked and drivers who are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs will be arrested. Our objective is to send a clear message to those who are considering driving a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol and/or drugs - Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest. The public is encouraged to help keep roadways safe by calling 911 if they see a suspected impaired driver.

Funding for this operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Provided by the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

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Coachella - July 22, 2011

The Coachella Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Driver's License checkpoint on Friday, 07/22/11, between the hours of 7:00 P.M. to 1:30 A.M. In an effort to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol involved crashes, DUI checkpoints are conducted to identify offenders and get them off the street, as well as educate the public on the dangers of impaired driving.

All too often, members of our community are senselessly injured or killed on local roadways by impaired drivers. This DUI/Driver's License checkpoint is an effort to reduce those tragedies, as well as ensuring drivers have a valid driver's license. A major component of these checkpoints is to increase awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and to encourage sober designated drivers.

A DUI checkpoint is a proven-effective method for achieving this goal. By publicizing these enforcement and education efforts, the Coachella Police Department believes motorists can be deterred from drinking and driving.

Traffic volume and weather permitting, all vehicles may be checked and drivers who are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs will be arrested. Our objective is to send a clear message to those who are considering driving a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol and/or drugs - Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest. The public is encouraged to help keep roadways safe by calling 911 if they see a suspected impaired driver.

Funding for this operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Provided by the Riverside Sheriff

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Menifee - July 23, 2011

Menifee, CA - Menifee Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Driver's License checkpoint on July 23, 2011 at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 6:00 p.m to 2:00 a.m. This is part of an ongoing campaign to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol-involved crashes. DUI checkpoints are conducted to identify offenders and get them off the street, as well as bring awareness to our community of the dangers of impaired driving.

Statewide, overall traffic deaths declined by 23 percent, from 3,995 in 2007 to 3,081 in 2009. Total traffic fatalities are at their lowest levels in six decades. DUI deaths declined by 16 percent, from 1,132 in 2007 to 950 in 2009, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Fatality Analysis Reporting System.

Alcohol impaired deaths still make up the largest category of overall vehicle fatalities , with 31 percent of all deaths being caused by a drunk driver. A DUI checkpoint is a proven-effective method to lower this totally preventable crime. Additionally, drivers will be checked to ensure that they have a valid driver's license, since unlicensed drivers are over-represented in fatal crashes.

Our objective is to send a clear message to those who are considering driving a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol and/or drugs; if we catch you driving buzzed, drunk or impaired by drugs, you will go to jail. Remember, everyone is encouraged to help keep our roadways safe; Report Drunk Drivers - Call 911!

Funding for this operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Provided by the Riverside Sheriff

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Lake Elsinore - July 23, 2011

The Lake Elsinore Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Driver's License checkpoint on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at an undisclosed location within the city limits.

The Department is continuing its ongoing campaign to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol involved crashes. DUI checkpoints are conducted to identify offenders and get them off the street, as well as bring awareness to our community of the dangers of impaired driving.

Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed 5 lives and resulted in 52 injury crashes harming 76 of our friends and neighbors.

Everyone can assist in preventing this crime from ever occurring. If you are planning a gathering or celebration with alcohol included, or if you are out on the town, plan ahead and designate a non-drinking sober driver. A DUI arrest costs upwards of $10,000, time in jail and the loss of your driver's license, including years of increased insurance rates.

Statewide, overall traffic deaths declined by 23 percent, from 3,995 in 2007 to 3,081 in 2009. Total traffic fatalities are at their lowest levels in six decades, when the federal government began compiling figures. DUI deaths declined by 16 percent, from 1,132 in 2007 to 950 in 2009.

Alcohol impaired deaths still make up the largest category of overall vehicle fatalities, with 31 percent of all deaths caused by a drunk driver. A DUI checkpoint is a proven-effective method to lower these numbers. Additionally, drivers will be checked to ensure that they have a valid driver's license.

Funding for this operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Remember, everyone is encouraged to help keep our roadways safe; Report Drunk Drivers - Call 911!

Provided by the Riverside Sheriff

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Rancho Mirage - July 16, 2011 

The Rancho Mirage Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Driver License checkpoint on Saturday, July 16, 2011 from 8:00 PM to 2:00 AM, within the city of Rancho Mirage. In an effort to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol-involved crashes, DUI checkpoints are conducted to identify offenders and get them off the street, as well as educate the public on the dangers of impaired driving.

All too often, members of our community are senselessly injured or killed on local roadways by impaired drivers. This DUI/Driver License checkpoint is an effort to reduce those tragedies, as well as ensuring drivers have a valid driver's license. A major component of this checkpoint is to increase awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and to encourage sober designated drivers. DUI checkpoints are a proven-effective method for achieving this goal. By publicizing these enforcement and education efforts, The Rancho Mirage Police Department believes motorists can be deterred from drinking and driving.

Traffic volume and weather permitting, all vehicles may be checked and drivers who are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs will be arrested. Our objective is to send a clear message to those who are considering driving a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol and/or drugs - Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest. The public is encouraged to help keep roadways safe by calling 911 if they see a suspected impaired driver.

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