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Temecula PD Conducting DUI Checkpoint Dec. 13

Police will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment with officers checking drivers for proper licensing.

Patch file photo/Maggie Avants
Patch file photo/Maggie Avants

The Temecula Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/driver's license checkpoint beginning Dec. 13 at 9 p.m.

The checkpoint location has not been disclosed by police, but they say the operation is expected to last through 3 a.m. Dec. 14.

Police will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment with officers checking drivers for proper licensing delaying motorists only momentarily, according to a news release from the department.

“DUI checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests affording the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public. Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000 not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out,” the news release read.

“Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed seven lives and resulted in over 30 injury crashes harming our friends and neighbors,” said Sgt. John Magnan of the Temecula Police Department.

Funding for this checkpoint is provided to Temecula Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, according to the news release.

Ally Bonnar December 09, 2013 at 12:34 PM
Why the hell do they announce it...they should just throw up a check point. Isn't the point to catch people off guard? Good grief people...The NYPD never did stupid crap like this....Oh...let's "warn" the public about our checkpoint!?!?!?!
Callitlikeitis December 09, 2013 at 01:54 PM
The announcement is a requirement in order to receive the grant funding to conduct the checkpoint. Yes, it does seem to be sending the wrong message by warning DUI drivers.
Aaron Powers December 09, 2013 at 02:30 PM
I could be wrong, but the 'logic' behind the notification is to forewarn the non-drunks that there will be a checkpoint. I am not 100% sure, but that's what my recollection is. I doubt DUI perps really read the Patch...
john blackwood December 09, 2013 at 03:28 PM
Oh great another useless check point in the past two years these nazi style check points have proven to be useless. Ihave yet to see dramatic results . Wouldn't these officers be better off patrolling the local high school football games or illegally parking on the side wwalks with their motorcycles on the curbs giving out tickets .Or better yet sitting outside the RedHawk shopping centers looking at people .Or maybe patrolling the malls .Ya because these places are were the hardcore criminals hang out .Like my many posts before say what you will .I never respond because IT DONT MATTER WHAT YOU THINK AND I DONT CARE.
JJ Mclure December 09, 2013 at 03:46 PM
nazi style would not be announcing it
ChrisG December 09, 2013 at 03:50 PM
Im surpised by the statistics. The article mentions 7 deaths and 30 accidents over the last three years were DUI related. I would have thought it would have been a lot more than that.
southernbelle December 09, 2013 at 04:41 PM
If they didn't announce it, they get accused of "entrapment." If they announce it, they get accused of being moronic. It's required, regardless of which side of the fence you want to complain on. I'm so thankful that Blackwood has forwarded his exemption from replying to other posts---the last thing we need around is here is more asinine opinions regarding the checkpoints. Let me just ask this: has there been even ONE single arrest at any of these check points? answer: yes. Therefore, it is not useless, nazi-like or a waste of time…nor has it been thwarted by being pre-announced. If even just one altered person was taken off the streets during a check--then I consider that lives potentially, possibly, probably saved. stop complaining. Be thankful something is being done. the life saved could be yours. the end.
Offramp December 09, 2013 at 06:44 PM
DUI Checkpoints vs. DUI Patrols - two different tactics with two different expected outcomes. Patrols are meant to catch active drunks, get them off the streets and prosecute them. Checkpoints are highly visible, highly publicized events meant to deter drinking and driving in the first place. Patrols have little deterrent value, but high enforcement value. Checkpoints have been shown to have the potential to lower DUI fatality rates by up to 20 percent by virtue of their deterrence. People go through them, drive past them, hear about them via multiple grapevines and get the ongoing impression that drunk driving is dangerous, socially unacceptable, and that law enforcement is actively looking for it. They are both good tactics and both should be in the arsenal of DUI combating tactics, along with others. In terms of catching drunks, nothing beats patrols. In terms of saving lives, nothing beats checkpoints.
NunaBusiness December 09, 2013 at 07:15 PM
For the same reason as they have to you an option of not going thru the checkpoint. Which means having a place to turn around prior to the check point. Oh did I mention they will also pull you over for turning around and avoiding the checkpoint. Some of us are responsible and don't want to be pulled over and be late to work as you did for hundreds if not thousands of people when you had your check point during the morning commute on a major artery that leads to I-15. How about holding the restaurants and bar owners responsible.They are supposed to recognize when someone has had to much. Pachenga has a 3 drink max per hour and they follow that policy.
Aaron Powers December 09, 2013 at 07:25 PM
How about a red light running checkpoint? I swear there's not a damn red light (especially the left turns) that a Temeculan is affraid to run. I've counted up to four cars on one red light!
NunaBusiness December 09, 2013 at 07:27 PM
Tactics, Deterrent, Arsenal, combatting. What profession uses those kind of words? I want to say those are words are used in planning to combat terrorists.
Offramp December 09, 2013 at 08:07 PM
Well, Nunabusines, how do you classify a violent crime that claims 10,000 lives and 250,000 serious injuries every year?
NunaBusiness December 10, 2013 at 01:08 AM
Well OFFRAMP, I would not classify, hundreds or thousands of good citizens, trying to get to work on time, voilent criminals. I would not classify these people who want to avoid a 7am DUI check point, voilent criminals, I would classify them as irritated citizens and rightly so. Why should the mass be punished by the few that break laws? It is amazing, the "right", these "tactics", used against our honest, work force, wage earning, citizens, in order to show "force" and arrogance by our armed NAZI police, more like a nazi invasion, to find these hardened violent drunk drivers at 7am. I would like to know how many drunk driver (you caught) or were caught and lives saved by this DUI check point at 7am, as apposed to the traffic annoyance to the good citizens of Temecula, wage earners and tax payers of our City.
Offramp December 10, 2013 at 11:28 AM
Nunabusiness, you seem to infer that I am law enforcement. I'm not. And, I don't condone a 7 a.m. DUI checkpoint. It's ridiculous and counterproductive. However, I do condone and support DUI checkpoints at night, or around big drinking events, because of the deterrent effect they have on the driving public, making them think twice about driving drunk.
NunaBusiness December 10, 2013 at 12:45 PM
OFFRAMP,what your failing to recognize is the overall intent of the local enforcement and their relationship with the community. There is a fine line between the spirit of the law and letter of the law. When infractions by drivers are treated like hardened criminals by thug officers, citizens loose their respect for LE. If they were actually at large drinking events as you imply there would be a deterrent affect, but that is not the case with this LE agency. They would rather give out a jay walking ticket at a high school football game, boy that's productive as well......personal rights are not important with thugs with badges in this town. Just so you know, I've never had a traffic ticket, stopped, DUI or any other infraction in 50 years of driving. I just don't like what I see happening in our society today. I feel our personal rights and our constitutional freedoms are being violated, taken away and abused everyday. Done with you
southernbelle December 10, 2013 at 01:41 PM
nunabusiness…be honest, what you don't like is personally being inconvenienced. Sadly, those of us who are within the law are sometimes inconvenienced as a result of LE "doing something" about those who aren't. Stop being a big cry baby. I agree with you as far as the morning checkpoint. But being the intelligent person you seem to be, set aside your irritation of inconvenience and think outside of your own box. It's not about you, it's about an entire community and sometimes we are going to be inconvenienced and not like the way things are done. But in that, it doesn't revolve around us. Turn left or right on Meadows or Butterfield Stage and you can avoid the checkpoint. Be thankful THEY ANNOUNCE it prior so you KNOW which basic areas to avoid. It says "high collision" areas. That wouldn't be side streets. So there ya go, be safe and don't drink and drive. ps-THANK YOU to our local Law Enforcement for being pro-active in fighting against Drunk/Altered Driving!
FishFearMe December 18, 2013 at 12:34 PM
here is video I took of the checkpoint the other night it shows 25 minutes to a half an hour delays in traffic. And the cop that insists that these checkpoints are constitutional then admits he's never read the Constitution. You know, that thing he swore an oath to uphold. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OitqT7-B9pc&feature=youtube_gdata_player
FishFearMe December 18, 2013 at 12:37 PM
coming soon to a town near you checkpoint cheek swabs license registration and DNA ma'am. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/12/18/pa-town-latest-to-force-drivers-over-and-ask-for-cheek-swabs-for-federal-study/

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