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DUI Checkpoint Scheduled Friday In Temecula Area

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

Beginning tomorrow, law enforcement agencies throughout Riverside County will be ramping up patrols, setting up checkpoints and taking other steps to get intoxicated and drug-impaired drivers off the streets.

The Avoid the 30 task force -- named for the number of participating agencies -- will be conducting anti-DUI operations from 6 p.m. Friday to midnight on New Year's Day.

Law enforcement officers will be checking drivers at checkpoints and using "saturation patrols" in specific areas.

"You will ... see us making lots of stops during this highly visible enforcement period," said Riverside police Sgt. Skip Showalter, the Avoid coordinator. "If we suspect anyone is driving while under the influence, officers will show zero tolerance for drunk or drugged driving."

Checkpoints and saturation patrols are scheduled tomorrow in Beaumont, Corona, Desert Hot Springs, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Lake Elsinore, Murrieta, Riverside and Temecula.

During last year's Avoid the 30 year-end crackdown, 758 people were arrested on suspicion of DUI. That compared to 682 during the same period in 2011, figures showed.

The effort is part of the nationwide "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The California Highway Patrol's "maximum enforcement period," when all available officers are deployed, will coincide with Avoid operations on Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

Authorities recommended that people planning to imbibe during holiday festivities designate a sober driver, hire a taxi or use a community sober ride program to get home.

Law enforcement officers urged people to report drunken drivers by calling 911. --City News Service


Aaron Powers December 13, 2013 at 07:41 PM
Disclosure: I do not drive drunk. When there's an accident, ever wonder why they throw the book at a drunk driver, when the stupid or distracted (and sober) driver gets off scot free? After all, there's still collateral damage and sometimes even lives are at stake. So if someone dies because of a stupid drunk, that's bad. But, when someone dies because of a guy eating a cheeseburger while driving, that's okay (according to the law). Interesting to me, because there is still blame, but since you're sober there's no accountability involved. Just food for thought. Know when to say when.
Aaron Powers December 13, 2013 at 08:32 PM
Just as a follow up to my earlier post... I just read that 31% of all traffic accidents were DUI related (this includes all types of substances, not just booze). I agree, this percentage should go down. Despite this, the facts state that most traffic accidents happen due to sober drivers. I understand the percentages involved here, but why don't we go after the sober drivers? Come on now, they're the ones causing the majority of accidents.
Brenda December 13, 2013 at 11:18 PM
Aaron you are right totally. We loose more residents to people running red lights, speeding, driving wreckless, hitting bikers, and walkers, and skateboarders, then we ever do from DUI. We have finally been getting Saturation patrols for traffic violations because of all the MURDERS these people are causing by going 10 to 20 mph over the speed limit and flying through a red light killing people. We have had 2 on Rancho Cal, and then another one in front of two of the schools because of the Pickup and drop off drivers who literally are driving backwards or on the wrong side of lanes, you name it to pick up or drop off. They are crazy!! Or moms yelling out the car while in a left hand turn lane telling JR to run to the middle and hop in the car!! Or double, triple stopping on Winchester and Margarita in front of the schools. In those saturation set ups I believe (without looking up the articles) they got like 170 at the two on Rancho and then like 72 at the two schools. For every traffic violations possible, running red lights, stop signs, right of way, illegal turns, on and on. Those were literally like 5 hours each on Rancho and 3 hours in front of the schools. Can you imagine? 72 tickets in 3 hours? That shows just how bad our drivers are and have that superiority in their minds that they can do any dang thing they want on these roads. Some false sense of being on a Pedestal and above the laws, while they are killing or seriously injuring people several times a month.
john blackwood December 13, 2013 at 11:21 PM
Here we go typical liberals posting rather lose their freedom to travel without being molested or harassed .Im sorry but I dont believe in your so called nazi checkpoints .I bet most of you would want warrantless searchs too .You ppl are pathetic .I wont comment back because It dont matter what you think I dont care so say what you will.
Brenda December 13, 2013 at 11:33 PM
John, I respect your position I just dont feel any infringement of my rights. Now if police were in bars monitoring how much I ate, drank, and cups of coffee I had that would be extreme to me. But if I am not guilty of anything I dont give a darn stopping for a few minutes, or even allowing a police officer into my house who thinks there is someone or something I shouldnt have. I am as clean as the driven snow and heck I will sit back and watch some nice looking men waltz around my house and maybe grab a but or two, LOL. I take it very lightly as you can see John. But I can also respect your feelings on the subject. Everyone has their "fine line" in there somewhere.
KB December 14, 2013 at 12:55 AM
Fortunately lemmings like Brenda are becoming fewer and fewer thanks in large part to the internet. And by the way Brenda, just because YOU think it's OK its still unconstitutional, and an overreaching use of power. I have a feeling you benefit monetarily from this sort of tyranny.
JJ Mclure December 14, 2013 at 11:51 AM
the nazi checkpoints would arrest you whether you're DUI or not....these are democratic check points
southernbelle December 14, 2013 at 11:57 AM
I remember reading of at least 3 deaths caused by drunk drivers in this area--just last month. So sad we didn't have checkpoints out that night. Isn't it sort of obvious that the ones who don't like them are the most likely the town drunks that feel threatened by them? Based on my observation of something of a pattern--the only time certain folks post, it's only to headlines about DUI checkpoints, using words like "nazi checkpoints" rights infringed upon" "unconstitutional" "tyranny." Oh well, 758 drunks and druggies busted last year at this time, means possibly 758 less accidents, and most definitely hundreds of saved lives. Mine and my families included. Say what you want, I'm all for it. DONT DRINK and DRIVE, and have a very safe and blessed Christmas and New Year!
ChrisG December 14, 2013 at 12:05 PM
Looking forward to some arrest stats on this check point. @aaron. What is the source of the 31% DUI involved accident. I tried finding on the net. I would really like to see local numbers published.
Aaron Powers December 14, 2013 at 12:12 PM
ChrisG, it's a national number (couldn't find anything on a local level, however, I am sure it exists somewhere). I got it from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
JJ Mclure December 14, 2013 at 03:50 PM
the stats have been updated.
Brenda December 14, 2013 at 04:42 PM
Southernbelle you are right. We have so many traffic injuries to drunks and from wreckless drivers who do whatever they want on our City streets. Sit at any intersection for a few minutes and just watch how many run the red lights. How many times a car on the green is honking his horn at a person who ran it THAT RED they are both in the intersection! Who knows why it has all gotten so out of hand. I sure dont, and still drive my speed limit feeling like a little ole lady cause everyone is screaming past me. KB, LOL. This is one of those things where everyone believes differently. I can see and understand how you feel and understand your feelings on the check points. No reason to call names.
Timber December 14, 2013 at 05:25 PM
These are suspicion-less and ambiguous roadblock seizures that deride the right to be left alone. Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well armed lamb contesting the vote.
ChrisG December 14, 2013 at 09:51 PM
@timber. I agree. I give them crap whenever I'm stopped. That being said, 5 drunks off the road for awhile. Who know how many will called or will call cans next time. I'd prefer more traffic patrols to check points.
FishFearMe December 18, 2013 at 12:29 PM
Nazi Germany style checkpoint coming to a town near you. I will be out there next time with a bigger group and more cameras documenting these officers violations and gestapo type: tactics. I still have more video that I will release demonstrating the ignorance of these cops of the law the Constitution and the rights of American citizens. the more they continue to waste resources and tax dollars in this fashion the more we will be there to shed light on their ignorance. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/12/18/pa-town-latest-to-force-drivers-over-and-ask-for-cheek-swabs-for-federal-study/
southernbelle December 18, 2013 at 08:41 PM
Can't wait to see your undercover-covert operation spy tapes! hehehe
southernbelle December 18, 2013 at 11:41 PM
okay, so Fish…I watched your video. It was interesting. Mostly, I was interested in how long the incredibly patient officer was in chatting it up with you instead of telling you to get the heck out of the command center. So I think you should appreciate that. Also, I noticed the first person you asked about time in line said 20 mins. The next person up quite a bit closer said 30. I'm sure being an avid fisherman you've described a fish a few inches larger than it really was right? *wink* In other words, I highly doubt it was 30 min, and I almost don't believe 20 either. Although I have no doubt it felt like that! I personally have 0 patience for sitting like that! I also agree that it is a shame the officer had never read the Constitution. I bet he has now. *grin* All that being said, you're wrong. It is not illegal. Yes, you're right that it is in the Constitution that we have a right to travel unmolested (paraphrased), however the Supreme Court added a DUI EXEMPTION, which now makes it completely legal in certain states. There's about 8-10 (didn't count) that still prohibit them by state law or Constitution (or interpretation of state law or Constitution). And good ol' Texas prohibits them based on the its own interpretation of the U.S. Constitution. hehehe SO, summing it all up…in Cali, it is perfectly legal to have checkpoints and is not to be considered an infringement on our Constitutional rights, due to the cause and outcome. (Laymen's terms: sorry to slightly inconvenience people, but the reason is a damn good one, and is intended for the safety of the community…which trumps "very slight personal inconvenience." In closing, I love your fire and passion. I just wish it was directed to a better cause…child abuse, human trafficking, animal protection, breast cancer, whatever. have a safe, sober, and super blessed Christmas.
KB December 19, 2013 at 01:35 AM
@southernbelle You have no idea what your talking about, the supreme court NEVER added an exemption/amendment to the constitution that allowed DUI checkpoints. The supreme court has NO authority to directly amend the constitution. Nor does the constitution state citizens have a right to travel unmolested. What it does say is this: The government must show that there was “probable cause” for a search to be deemed “Constitutional”. DUI checkpoints are unconstitutional and are illegal since they operate without probable cause - the supreme court majority even acknowledged this fact in their ruling. Safety of the community DOES NOT trump individual rights. Well, it does in the mind of those bootlickers who hate freedom and seek to subjugate themselves to authoritarians.
John Smith December 19, 2013 at 01:51 AM
Well said KB.. Basically citizens have the right to not answer questions( invoke their fifth amendments right). At that point if the officer refuses to let them proceed then invoke your 4th amendment right(as in what is the probable cause for detainment). At that point the police need to comply to the Constitution they have sworn to uphold. Their checkpoint activities then become an impotent exercise . Bottom line is people can comply and waive their rights or invoke their rights and force the police to comply...and always have the video rolling.
Brenda December 19, 2013 at 04:37 AM
SouthernBelle, right on point. I still do NOT get anyones problem with stopping at a check point if it even gets one drunk driver off the road, and why in the hell anyone would feel "violated"? What silliness that all is. Just something to whine about seriously because there is no valid reason for all this video taping, questioning of officers doing their job to keep us all safe, etc. To get on the news? Like I said, silliness and you are the people in our town who think you are privileged and can run red lights speeding through every intersection with no care in the world of who you might run over and kill. Which btw is surely shorter then you same people would stop and watch a gruesome traffic crash from beginning to end, or from impact to police and fire arriving. Thru the can opening of the victims car, and scrapping up what is left of them with a shovel all while gawking at the drunk driver who plowed through a signal light at 70mph right? While he is singing "Oh Lord its hard to be humble when your perfect in everyway" right?
southernbelle December 19, 2013 at 11:28 PM
@KB, hahahahaha. you're a waste of my time. do your homework then pop-off. All you Libertarian jokers who just like to complain and stomp your feet at stupid matters should try directing your energies and passions toward something that will actually make a healthy, positive difference in the world. *yawn* you're boring me KB. I don't argue just to argue. I've seen your nonsense in action and I'm not interested in engaging in cartooning with you. @JohnSmith, you can certainly do as you've mentioned, there are even cards made up that you can hand to the officers so you don't even have to talk. Good luck with that. hahaha lastly, I sure hope your child or family members are never hit or killed by a drunk driver. It's a horrific thing to go through when it's all so unnecessary and could be deterred by visible efforts to stop and educate on drunk driving. peace out, closing my book on this thread.
Brenda December 19, 2013 at 11:38 PM
SouthernBelle, again very well said. If "they" put just this amount of effort into something productive, and we have plenty of needs in our City, "they" might accomplish something worth while then a video that no one cares about. Silliness when it comes to a life.
Timber December 20, 2013 at 01:01 AM
These "stupid matters", you believe, were somehow so unimportant that a multitude of local, state and federal courts merely wasted their time contemplating the entanglement of the police powers interfering with the Liberty of the people. Next time a 'trivial' controversy arises we'll defer to you, southernbelle, so you can let us all know how unimportant such matters are. Thank you in advance - Signed, your humble prol.
Brenda December 20, 2013 at 03:17 AM
Oh gosh Timber :/ I respect each persons position, but do believe its more important to end deaths in our City then video a cop about the Constitution. Or more important to gather food for the free basket places.......clothes, oh just anything. I am sorry, and I am just going to clam it up. So tiring and painful to see person after person die each week either by wreck or DUI. Or serious life long injuries.
John Smith December 20, 2013 at 01:56 PM
How much effort does it take to avoid EVERY checkpoint? Go to Mr. Checkpoint on twitter and register to get smartphone updates. Not only can every drunk drive around them but so can the rest of us that are up to date with technology
Infidel Jones December 21, 2013 at 12:31 AM
"sobriety" checkpoints: *UNCONSTITUTIONAL *FASCIST *OUTRAGEOUS I urge all Americans who value liberty to resist these police state actions!
southernbelle December 21, 2013 at 12:46 AM
hahahahahaha^^^^^. people are funny. btw--don't look now folks, but there's another headed this way over the weekend. *toothy grin*
Brenda December 21, 2013 at 01:28 AM
Te he Southern!! So far we have not had a DUI killing or serious injury to an innocent party since Hannah. Who is now out of ICU after being close to death, is in PCU and recovering day to day. A 19 yr old young lady starting adulthood, college, who we pray will recover sufficiently to continue on the road she had planned out for herself. If we had not had the last check point we probably would have had another Hannah, or 2,3, 4 more Hannah's or maybe some that were not as blessed as she, and end up dead. HOpefully this next check point and extra coverage and awareness by our police, sheriff, highway patrols will net us many more. Keep our citizen safe, do not drink and drive. Call a Taxi. We have several of them now operating in our area. Call your parents, have a designated driver. I do not want to believe that any of you would rather murder someone with your car then just get a ride home.
Winchester Collection December 29, 2013 at 04:27 AM
I for one dislike being stopped by the authorities in their quest to make their job easier at check points. The DUI check points seem to be effective but suck. I'd sure like to find a better way to catch people breaking the law without check points. Check Points include the Border Patrols check point on the 15 and 5 fwy. If they are illegal lets start with the Border Patrol check points.
Winchester Collection December 29, 2013 at 04:31 AM
The best DUI deterrent is the education I received in the Marines. Showing you real pictures of dead Marines and showing you the smashed cars. Testimonies to high school students should be part of the punishment to all caught driving drunk. Bars should have a car service that is attached to someones bar tab prior to leaving. Everyone pays into the pot so they use it.

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