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Temecula checkpoint catches no drunken drivers

Sunday, July 6th, 2014
Issue 27, Volume 18.
Alex Groves

Six people were arrested or cited for driving without a valid license but no drunken drivers were arrested Saturday night during a checkpoint that took place at the intersection of Pechanga Parkway and Temecula Parkway in Temecula, a sheriff's official reported today.

The checkpoint took place from 9 p.m. Saturday until 3 a.m. Sunday and numerous vehicles Advertisement
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traveling from Pechanga Casino and other area businesses were stopped by officers; the checkpoint was designed to deter drivers who may be impaired from getting behind the wheel of a car, according to Sgt. Joseph Greco.

The operation was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.



Comment Profile ImageTemecula Parkway Resident
Comment #1 | Sunday, Jul 6, 2014 at 4:03 pm
The reason why no drunken drivers were caught is because the drunk drivers exited Temecula Parkway using the Loma Linda and the two Wolf Creek exits (North and South) before the checkpoint area at Hazit Store. There was no law enforcement presence at these exits to stop drivers from circumventing. I guess the objective was not to really catch any drunk driver but just to say that they did a sobriety check.
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Comment #2 | Monday, Jul 7, 2014 at 6:47 am
It was funded through our tax dollars not the California Office of Traffic Safety or any other governmental agency.
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Comment #3 | Monday, Jul 7, 2014 at 10:08 am
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.

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