Police in Temecula and Murrieta announced they will be conducting DUI/driver’s license checkpoints Friday night.
operations will be set up at undisclosed locations within their
respective city limits, according to separate news releases issued
In Murrieta, the operation will be held between 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16 and 2:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17.
Temecula police will man a checkpoint from 9 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday.
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, Temecula police Sgt. John Magnan
Motorists should be prepared to be briefly contacted by officers as they check for signs of impairment and proper licensing.
deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing
the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved
crashes, Murrieta police Sgt. Jim Gruwell stated.
“Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed eight lives and resulted in 78 injury crashes harming 105 of our friends and neighbors,” Gruwell said.
Research shows that crashes involving
alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized
checkpoints are conducted often enough.
Funding for both
operations is being provided through grants from the California Office
of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety
Checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings for every $1 spent, according to NHTSA.
Law enforcement agencies throughout California and the nation are
stepping up DUI enforcement before and during the Labor Day holiday,
from Aug. 16
through Sept. 2, as part of the national "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over"