Police arrest one motorist for drunken driving at Temecula checkpoint

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014
Issue 25, Volume 18.

A motorist was arrested for drunken driving and one vehicle was towed during an overnight sobriety/driver's license checkpoint in Temecula, a police sergeant said today.

Three drivers were arrested for driving without a driver's license during the checkpoint at Rancho California Road that began at 9 p.m. Saturday and ended today at 3 a.m., said Temecula police Sgt. Joe Greco.

Greco said 983 vehicles passed through the checkpoint.



Comment Profile Imagejay
Comment #1 | Sunday, Jun 22, 2014 at 11:20 pm
Yup, I was in the traffic that the checkpoint caused. The checkpoint itself causing more potential danger than one drunk driver. Total waste of manpower. Also, get a clue. Lower the speed limit on RC Road. Make the wineries bike friendly places to visit, and once and for all create a Sonoma or Paso Robles people-friendly atmosphere rather than making us choose between a police state or potentially tipsy drivers who are allowed to do 60 through a populated suburban area...jeez, you're just asking for trouble.
Comment Profile ImageReality Checker
Comment #2 | Monday, Jun 23, 2014 at 11:37 am
Jay, you do realize that the posted speed limit doesn't matter much to drunk drivers, right? Neither do red lights, or stop signs. Your comment of "potentially tipsy drivers who are allowed to do 60"? What drunk driver stops to think about what speed they are "allowed" to drive? Changing the speed limit doesn't mean jack scheeeet to a drunk driver, dude. If it was set to 40, or 35 even, no drunk is going to pay any attention to it. They are going to do what drunks do. They're either watching the speedometer and swerving all over the road, or they're concentrating on driving as straight as they can and speeding, or going slow, and usually not able to keep a steady speed at all.
Comment Profile ImageTruth
Comment #3 | Monday, Jun 23, 2014 at 3:48 pm
Excellent use of taxpayer dollars. 983 screened, 1 arrested, which is an efficacy rate of 0.0001. Yep, that's right 1/10 of 1% of total motorists who were disrupted on their Saturday evening. I wish our law enforcement community would focus on SATURATION PATROLS which have a documented efficacy rate of 15-18%! That means out of every 100 cars screened, 15 to 18 drivers were found to be impaired.

If safety is indeed the main concern, lets stop these silly, disruptive checkpoints and focus on beefing up patrols on weekend evenings when these checkpoints would otherwise be used.
Comment Profile ImageJay
Comment #4 | Monday, Jun 23, 2014 at 11:34 pm
Hey Reality Checker, most of the many deaths on Rancho California road aren't caused by drunk drivers. They're caused by people driving too fast. Never mind Rancho, you oughta see what they drive through the neighborhoods off of Rancho. The speed limit throughout Temecula needs to come down. In the Midwest, these same roads would be 25-30MPH Max. Statistically, this town is a driving hazard. Statistically and by comparison to similar sized towns elsewhere, this is a hotspot for driver deaths and injuries. I'm not advocating for drink drivers, I'm advocating for stricter driving rules throughout own. It's also an issue of economics. Want tourists?...make the area more conducive to pedestrian and bike traffic.

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