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DUI, drivers license checkpoint planned for NYE in Lake Elsinore

 

Last updated 12/26/2018 at 11:51am



LAKE ELSINORE – The Lake Elsinore Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/drivers license checkpoint on Monday, Dec. 31, 2018, at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 8 p.m. and 2:30 a.m.

In recent years, California has seen a disturbing increase in drug-impaired driving crashes. Lake Elsinore supports 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 deterrent effect of High Visibility Enforcement using both DUI checkpoints and DUI Saturation Patrols has proven to lower the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug-impaired crashes. Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized proactive DUI operations are conducted routinely.

Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment, with officers checking drivers for proper licensing, delaying motorists only momentarily. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving, which now accounts for a growing number of impaired driving crashes. Everyone should be mindful that if you’re taking medication – whether prescription or over-the-counter – drinking even small amounts of alcohol can greatly intensify the impairment effects.

Lake Elsinore Police Department offers these reminders to ensure you have a safe night of fun that doesn’t involve a DUI:

- Decide before you go out whether you plan to drink or drive. You can’t do both.

- If you plan to drink, designate a sober driver before going out or map out another safe way to get home by taxi, ride-share or public transportation. You can also look up designated driver services in your area using the National Directory of Designated Driver Services (NDDDS).

- See your friend or other patron impaired trying to get behind the wheel? Take the keys and help them make other arrangements to get where they are going safely.

- Report drunk drivers – Call 911.

- People are encouraged to be a part of the designated driver very important person (“DDVIP”) program. As a DDVIP, you can ensure those drinking get home safely and get rewarded for it. Partnering bars and restaurants statewide have created non-alcoholic specialty drinks (“DDrinks”) for sober drivers: http://bit.ly/OTSDDrinks.

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

 

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