Sunday, December 21, 2008

Checkpoints in California catch DUI drivers

California dui criminal defense attorneys found out holiday DUI/License checkpoint in Palm Desert resulted in 10 arrests and a number of field sobriety tests, according to Palm Desert Police officials.

The checkpoint, set up on Highway 111 at Panorama Drive, was conducted from 9 p.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday. Police were checking for drivers who were under the influence of drugs or alcohol and for those who did not have a valid driver’s license, police officials said.

Of 1,023 cars that passed through the checkpoint, 938 were screened. Of those, eight drivers were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Two were arrested for driving while unlicensed or on a suspended license. Police conducted an additional 15 field sobriety tests. Ten vehicles were towed.

The checkpoint was funded through a grant by the California Office of Traffic. Police ask the public to call 9-1-1 to report suspected drunk drivers.

Details: On December 20, 2008, between 6:00 PM and 4:00 PM, the Perris Traffic Team conducted a roving DUI saturation patrol. 14 citations were issued, and 14 vehicles were towed for a variety of vehicle code violations. Three subjects were arrested for felony drug charges, and two subjects were arrested for misdemeanor drug charges. Seven drivers were arrested for DUI (one for a felony/injury DUI collision, and six for misdemeanor DUIs).

In an effort to reduce the number of alcohol and drug-related traffic collisions this holiday season, the city of Perris Traffic Team will be conducting two additional DUI checkpoints and two additional saturation patrols, between December 31, 2008, and January 3, 2009.

Questions or comments regarding Perris Police checkpoints and saturation patrols, or other traffic safety programs, please call Sergeant Scott Forbes at the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department/Perris Police (951) 210-1058.

Sheriff Stanley Sniff
Perris Police
Press Release

Date/Time Written: December 21, 2008