Sunday, December 23, 2007

California DUI Checkpoint - statewide status

DUI checkpoint info around California

December 22, 2007

California DUI lawyer update

4 Arrested, 60 Cited At Riverside DUI Checkpoint

A California DUI checkpoint in Riverside targeting drunk and unsafe drivers led to the arrest of four California DUI motorists. Almost 60 others were cited for licensing violations -- some of them severe enough to warrant impounding vehicles, authorities stated Saturday.

Approximately 1,500 vehicles passed through the California DUI checkpoint Friday night near the intersection of Arlington and Streeter Avenues, according to Riverside police Sgt. Skip Showalter.

Between 6 p.m. and midnight, two motorists were arrested for alleged California DUI drunken driving, a third was arrested on a felony narcotics warrant and a fourth was arrested on suspicion of marijuana possession, Showalter said.

Fifty-seven motorists received license-related citations and 47 vehicles were impounded, he said.

California DUI Patrol officers were assisted by volunteers and Police Explorers during the operation, funding for which came out of a $23,163 grant awarded to the city this month by the California Office of Traffic Safety, Showalter said.

The California DUI grant is expected to support an unspecified number of DUI enforcement operations until September, 2008.

In addition to Riverside, six other Riverside County municipalities received OTS California DUI grants. They included: Banning, $23,369; Coachella, $27,012; Corona, $19,819; Desert Hot Springs, $8,431; Norco, $76,600; Palm Desert, $20,227; and Perris, $41,996.

Just under 1,600 people died last year -- and more than 31,000 were injured -- in drug- and California DUI alcohol-related accidents across the state, according to the Office of Traffic Safety.

Sheriff's deputies arrested four people on suspicion of California DUI driving under the influence during a California DUI sobriety checkpoint Friday night.

California DUI Deputies reported screening 537 vehicles at the California DUI checkpoint, set up on Mariposa Road north of Nisqually Road.

California DUI Deputies also impounded 16 vehicles that were reportedly driven by unlicensed motorists and issued 146 citations for other violations.

In a news release, California DUI sheriff's officials noted that the California DUI checkpoint was conducted in view of drivers traveling on the 15 Freeway.

They said such a high-visibility law-enforcement operation could deter freeway travelers from driving while intoxicated or California DUI .

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