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By Jeff Pack

Checkpoints in Temecula, Lake Elsinore each result in two arrests


Last updated 9/1/2018 at 10:06am

The Temecula Police Department Traffic Unit conducted a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint from 8 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Aug. 24 in the 40300 Block of Winchester Road, adjacent to Chaparral High School.

According to the California Highway Patrol report, one driver was arrested for felony driving under the influence (DUI) due to being on felony probation for DUI and another was arrested for DUI-Alcohol/Drug impaired related offenses.

In all, 1,630 vehicles were screened, 14 drivers were cited or arrested for operating a vehicle unlicensed or while suspended or revoked, and four vehicles were towed.

Also on Friday, the Lake Elsinore Police Department Traffic Unit arrested two drivers while conducting a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. at Railroad Canyon and Church Street.

A total of 1,281 vehicles were screened and 10 drivers were cited or arrested for operating a vehicle unlicensed or while suspended or revoked, 12 citations were issued and four vehicles were towed.

According to the CHP, checkpoints 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.

The report said, “In recent years, California has seen a disturbing increase in drug-impaired driving crashes. Temecula PD and Lake Elsinore PD support the new effort from the Office of Traffic Safety that aims to educate all drivers that ‘DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.’ If you take prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, you might be impaired enough to get a DUI. Marijuana can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs, and can result in a DUI.”

The CHP said that studies of California drivers have shown that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems. A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent). Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol.

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


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