Riverside Police Department

06/04/2017 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/19/2017 14:43

DUI Checkpoint Nets 36 Arrests

PRESS RELEASE

Police Department SERGIO G. DIAZ

Chief of Police

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: June 4, 2017

Contact:

Sgt. E. Detmer [email protected] (951) 351-6046

DUI CHECKPOINT NETS 36 ARRESTS

RIVERSIDE, CA - The Riverside Police Department Traffic Unit conducted a DUI/Driver's License checkpoint on June 3, 2017, at 10765 Magnolia Ave. between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 3:00

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.

High Visibility Enforcements, which include 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 alcohol or drug impaired, bringing about more awareness and encouraging everyone to use sober designated drivers.

(803) Vehicles Screened

(3) DUI-Alcohol impaired suspects arrested

(2) DUI-Drug impaired suspects arrested

(1) DUI-Drug and alcohol impaired suspect arrested

(27) Drivers cited/arrested for operating a vehicle unlicensed or while suspended/revoked

  1. Driver was arrested for possession of narcotics

  2. ) Suspects were arrested for possession of a Carjacking Vehicle

(1) Suspect was arrested for possession of a Stolen Vehicle

(34) Citations issued

4102 Orange Street, Riverside, CA 92501 | Phone: (951) 826-5700 | RiversideCA.gov

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Drivers are encouraged to download the Designated Driver VIP, or "DDVIP," free mobile app for Android or iPhone. The DDVIP app helps find nearby bars and restaurants that feature free incentives for the designated sober driver, from free non-alcoholic drinks to free appetizers and more. The feature-packed app even has social media tie-ins and even a tab for the non-DD to call Uber, Lyft or Curb.

Studies of California drivers have shown that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems. 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.

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

The Riverside PD will be conducting random DUI Saturation Patrols and DUI/Drivers License checkpoints over the next several months 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, reminding everyone to 'Report Drunk Driver - Call 9-1-1'.

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