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4 People Arrested During DUI Checkpoint

Seven drivers were also cited or arrested for operating a vehicle while on a suspended or revoked license.

The checkpoint was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Patch file photo.
The checkpoint was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Patch file photo.
Four motorists were arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and 17 vehicles were stored or impounded during an overnight driver's license/sobriety checkpoint in Perris, the Riverside County Sheriff's Department said today.

Eighteen drivers were cited or arrested for operating a vehicle without a
license during the checkpoint at Ramona Expressway and Brennan Drive that began at 8 p.m. Saturday and ended today at 2 a.m., according to a department statement.

Also, seven drivers were cited or arrested for operating a vehicle while on a suspended or revoked license. --City News Service
Alek J Hidell January 12, 2014 at 06:53 PM
And how much overtime did this dragnet cost?
just another observer January 12, 2014 at 09:02 PM
another illegal search and seizure under the name of safety. losing our rights a bit at a time.
Linda Ridenour January 13, 2014 at 11:46 AM
I think it is wonderful that we are taking these lawbreakers off the road. If the fines are returned to the sheriff,s Dept. better yet
Offramp January 13, 2014 at 12:01 PM
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that sobriety checkpoints meet the Fourth Amendment standard of "reasonable search and seizure." The Court is, by force of Article III of the Constitution itself, the final arbiter and interpreter of the Constitution. We may not like what they rule. There are plenty of other decisions I don’t like. We may not agree with what they rule. But what they rule is law until reinterpreted by a later court. We can whine, we can rail, but they win, because the Constitution itself says so. 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.
Martha L. Bridges January 13, 2014 at 12:26 PM
I'm with Linda and Offramp on this issue. These sobriety checkpoints have been shown to meet the Fourth Amendment Standards, and there is no legally justifiable impediment to conducting them. It doesn't matter to the potential victims of these drivers if they are impaired by alcohol, drugs or road rage. Let's get as many of them off the roads as possible.

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