Temecula Police to Staff DUI, Driver's License Checkpoint Friday

Temecula Police Department’s Traffic Unit will be conducting the checkpoint between 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21 and 3 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 22 at an undisclosed location in the city.

A combination DUI and driver's license checkpoint is scheduled to take place Friday night in Temecula as part of an ongoing holiday crackdown.

Temecula Police Department’s Traffic Unit will be conducting the checkpoint between 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21 and 3 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 22 at an undisclosed location in the city, according to a news release.

Drivers passing through the checkpoint should expect to be contacted by officers who will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment, said Temecula police Sgt. John Magnan.

"Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes, court probation and other expenses that can exceed $10,000," Magnan said.

"All too often, members of our community are senselessly injured or killed on local roadways by impaired drivers," Magnan said. "Over the course of this year, DUI collisions have claimed one life and resulted in injuries to several of our friends and neighbors in Temecula."

This DUI/Driver’s License checkpoint—to be located in an area that will provide the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public—is an effort to reduce those tragedies, the sergeant said.

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

TVOR December 20, 2012 at 04:07 PM
The grant money would be far better spent to have a bunch of motorcycle cops do DUI roving emforcement and have a few cars to take them all to jail. They catch far more DUI drivers roving around than they do at checkpoints.
Galactic Cannibal December 20, 2012 at 04:37 PM
KB "did you attend private school by chance?" YEP Dude I did , but not by change, but by my parents decision. I do believe that stopping citizens at random undisclosed check point locations, to check for DUI and your diver's license, is not part of our constitution nor our so called freedom. It is much closer to the tactics of a police state, and our controllers in Sacramento know that. I cannot blame the DB Cops since they are the fodder used by Sacramento , and just carry out these draconian searches like "armed with a gun " trained monkeys. And NO the world will not end tomorrow FRIDAY.... DB Cops = donut belly cops
SA December 20, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Patrol the streets not a street. I hope all that are inconvenienced by “Checkpoint Charlie” tell the “SS” to piss off. Being the Holiday Season, there will be more need for domestic issues than roadway issues. We are not far from making driving during the “Holiday Season” illegal (Liberals and Democrats please note the sarcasm; however you are the people that will make this sarcasm, reality.)
Justin Sayin December 20, 2012 at 11:00 PM
"we are not far from making driving during the holiday season illegal" SA you make this statement, then are somehow able to blame the Dems and liberals for bringing it to fruition. Self fulfilling prophesy anyone? What out for the boogey man it might just be you....
LetsBfair December 22, 2012 at 07:36 AM
Has anyone ever needed a cop in Temecula? It takes them hours to respond to a semi emergency. Yet, our great town continues to waste time and resources to catch 3 people when a cop can triple that number on the road. Geez..


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