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DUI Checkpoint in Lakeland Village Nets 8

The checkpoint was held between 7 p.m. Friday and 3 a.m. Saturday on Grand Avenue.

California Highway Patrol officers staffing a DUI/License checkpoint in Lakeland Village took eight people into custody and ticketed 12 others, a spokesperson told Patch.

The checkpoint was staffed at Grand Avenue, near Blackwell Boulevard, between 7 p.m. Friday and 3 a.m. Saturday, according to CHP information officer Nathan Baer.

Officers arrested three people suspected of driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol; another five were taken into custody for allegedly driving without licenses, Baer said.

Three vehicles were impounded, out of the 525 vehicles screened, the officer said.

Christi September 02, 2012 at 03:28 AM
Wow CHP. That is different. One tonight by Elsinore. Hmmm. Fri one check point had a record, ONE whole DUI total. .
brittany September 02, 2012 at 04:59 AM
These checkpoints are so stupid... I bet if everyone that was staffed at a checkpoint was out on patrol they could double arrests for dui..
Reverend Smith September 02, 2012 at 05:19 AM
Driving around on patrol nabs the line weavers. Checkpoints nab the ones who can "hold" their liquor well enough to keep between the lines. The law knows what it's doing. Also, checkpoints aren't just looking for drunks. They also look for stolen cars, fugitives from justice and unlicensed drivers.
Anon September 02, 2012 at 07:24 AM
They still patrol the streets during these.
Constant Comment September 02, 2012 at 03:33 PM
...plus somebody is making some money on the storage fees for those impounded vehicles......}~)
J Carabine September 02, 2012 at 03:44 PM
I am surprised at the number of cars checked, 525 of them ! That is a lot of traffic it seems. How much storage fee can they get for just 3 vehicles ? 5 without license , why would you drive with out one and what is the penalty?
Anna September 02, 2012 at 08:20 PM
They need to checkpoint (checkout) out the Local Down town Am/PM........3 local Drug Dealers standing right next to the Am/Pm store wall along with their SUV waiting for their buyers to buy........It was SO Obvious, I cound't believe it. Let alone the Am/Pm owner don't do anything to get them along .....oh, but I think they live in those apartments right next to Am/Pm......the 2 ladies with a bunch of little kids where sitting @ the benches looking up & down the streets along with eye contact with the 3 dealers.......it all looked to obvious. Just sad, but I guess they have to make a living. Sad becuase their kids & the buyers kids have to be subjected to that cycle. This may have nothing to do with DUI Check point but It would be nice if Law Enforcement can up the watch over in DownTown Elsinore Am/Pm.
Charles Baker September 03, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Thank you Reverend Smith
Kelly September 03, 2012 at 01:09 AM
No brittany, they are not stupid. They are trying to keep us sober people safe. When drunks are out on the road, it's the innocent one's that always die or are seriously injured. 99.9% of the time, the drunks walk away with no injuries.
brittany September 03, 2012 at 01:31 AM
I work im the county trama center... I am very aware of the affect of drunk drivers and the victims. These check points dont grab stolen cars unless they are in the second check....in order to do that they have to run the plate or vin and they dont even check every driver... The storage fee gets paid to the tow companies working that night and its usually impound for 30days and it costs about 3000 and you have to pay the le poice department 25bucks for a release reciept plus whatever court fees...
Kelly September 03, 2012 at 01:38 AM
They are still doing a service that is protecting innocent drivers. They check for everything, my Father was a Police Officer.
brittany September 03, 2012 at 01:58 AM
I understand they still patrol while checkpoints are happening as well but in all reality they are just answering the calls that come in... Anytime i have ever needed a cop to help it took 5+hours to respond my house was robbed where were they... no where around.... Their excuse is always we r really short tonight sorry for the delay.... I work with riv co deputies as well i understand the point of fighting agianst drunk drivers and i agree with that but i dont agree with taking so long to respond to people in need and using the excuse short staffed.. Obviously they have enough staff to conduct a checkpoint and patrol
Anon September 03, 2012 at 02:05 AM
Brittany the county and city get grants for these DUI checkpoints. It has nothing to do with the regular budget.
brittany September 03, 2012 at 03:05 AM
I know they get grants... Why dont they grant money for more patrol on the streets... Thats why ca is in the shape it is not enough cips on the atreets and always spending money when their are more important things
john q public September 03, 2012 at 03:06 AM
This city must have the best grant wrighters in the country
brittany September 03, 2012 at 03:15 AM
Grant money to get kids to school and give them a good education.. Grant more patrol on the streets.. Grant the county hospital that helps thousands of uninsured people... Grant new roads or road repair thats desperatly needed... Their are so many things that can be done around ca with a grant
Anon September 03, 2012 at 03:56 AM
Maybe if we didn't give the state workers the sun, moon and stars for dem votes we wouldn't have these problems!
Roberto September 03, 2012 at 04:00 AM
Why is it you can get an officer to evict a nonconfrotational woman and her children from their foreclosure Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. until 2:00 PM except Holidays yet we cannot get an officer to respond to violence and loud parties at night? Seems to me the Banks should pay for their own security if they are intimidated people they are kicking out of their sub-prime interest loan homes and put the five foot police woman officers on nights, holidays and week ends where they are needed like the rest of the Counties. Holding the taxpayers hostage by withholding service should have Bob Buster &.Police Captains on up criminally liable. The only time you can get powerful Union officers off their lazy butts to work nights, weekends and holiday is entice them with overtimes ala givernment special grant. Screw the grants & do your jobs like we do in the private sector. No one owes anymore than a paycheck at a reasonable pay rate.
brittany September 03, 2012 at 04:05 AM
Well said roberto!
tweetledee September 03, 2012 at 04:09 PM
All of these city and state workers are spoiled and expect early retirements and big lavish pension payouts,They even rigged the system with kick back taking politicans,that gave them contract guarantees of defined pension agreements,Meaning that if all their investments go broke then they still get the same amount of money,via the taxpayer who will have to step up to the plate and pay it,Do you have a guranteed pension? No all they talk about is cutting in the future your paltry soc sec payments and ending medi-cal/care payments..Oh and they also retire with cadillac paid medical plans via the taxpayer with no co pay..Someone is paying for these overtime costing police check points even if it is a grant..Who? You the taxpayer thats who, the money isnt free like some of you seem to think..They sure seem to have alot of them here in Lake Elsinore,Is it because we have more drunks?Illegals?Or is this city so broke they have to bang the beggers pan looking for grant money?
Timber September 03, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Do you realize the police, including your father, have no legal duty to protect anyone except those in their custody. Though someone like you would already be aware of that.
Roadrunner September 05, 2012 at 08:52 AM
Hmm, Roberto it appears you don't know much about the law enforcement departments. Let’s see, the sheriff's department is responsible for all factions of the courts, ie, a civil division. These deputies are in the civil division and their primary role is to do civil process at a cost to the party requesting the service. Loud parties are prioritized as a low priority. Hence they generally aren't violent and in progress calls that are a danger to life and more of a quality of life issue. Sorry, your past burglary (not robbery) call is a low priority. In progress calls, such as domestic violence, robberies, alarms, medical aids, and the such that involves an immediate danger to life takes the top priority. Like it or not, that is just the facts. Let me explain this further, some agencies will not even send out a peace officer and will send a technician or tell you to report your crime on line, which you have the option to do so through the internet.
Roadrunner September 05, 2012 at 08:52 AM
2 nd. All deputies go through the various shifts such as days, swings and graveyards. Your city whether it is incorporated or not has a minimum staffing level. Sorry, if you are in the county, then it is very low. Thank your local politician and complain to them. No one is withholding service, especially the captains, or deputies that cover your particular neighborhood. Sorry, that just doesn't happen. You can argue it all day, but until you have some valid evidence, then you are just blowing hot air. Now then, no one that works nights or weekends is paid overtime, it is their normal schedule. The private sector vs. the public sector? Does this apply to law enforcement or fire services? I have yet to see a private sector police department or fire department. Go out and meet some of your local officers, I bet you might be surprised as to what they actually have to do day in and day out.
Teddi Norlin September 06, 2012 at 11:01 PM
When was the last time you went on a ride along? Working in a trauma unit doesn't show you what they deal with day in and day out. You also might want to look into your statistics a bit better. When DUI Checkpoints are set up, there are typically less accidents. Unless you're willing to do the job they do, don't judge! I've worked with many officers, have friends that are officers (including CHP) and was married to an officer. Being short staffed isn't an "excuse." Have you seen the budget cuts lately? They do the best they can with what they have. If it's an emergency they will be there ASAP. However, if you're reporting something that already happened & there's no immediate threat, your call will go below that of the person that has an immediate threat.
Teddi Norlin September 06, 2012 at 11:02 PM
That has to do with politics and I agree that things need to change. However, complaining here won't help. Contact your local leadership if you want changes made.
Teddi Norlin September 06, 2012 at 11:05 PM
If you feel you can do a better job, Roberto, why don't you put in your application?

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