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DUI Checkpoint Scheduled In Lake Elsinore

“Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment."

Deputies from the Lake Elsinore Police Department will be conducting a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint within city limits Saturday, but the location has not been disclosed.

“Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Officers will also check for proper licensing and will strive to delay motorists only momentarily,” said Sgt. Peter Giannakakos of the Lake Elsinore Police Department.

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes, and other expenses that can total more than $10,000, Giannakakos explained.

“DUI checkpoints are a proven enforcement tool effective in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol-involved crashes. Research shows that crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough,” Giannakakos said.

Over the past three years, the Lake Elsinore Police Department investigated 58 DUI collisions in which 71 persons were injured and six were killed, Giannakakos added.

Christopher J. Murphy, director of the California Office of Traffic Safety, said deaths caused by drunk and/or drug-impaired drivers are going down in California.

“But that still means that hundreds of our friends, family and co-workers are killed each year, along with tens of thousands who are seriously injured,” Murphy stressed. “We must all continue to work together to bring an end to these tragedies. If you see a drunk driver, call 9-1-1."

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

Anon September 05, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Wow, I just wish you could spell!
big aunt harry mary September 26, 2012 at 06:30 AM
99% of the questions / conversation asked to a driver are; good evening, do you have your license and registration? are you currently insured ? ok.. thanks, drive safe.... when you step on your lips and smell like alcohol, isnt that what they're supposed to do...? catch the drunks and people WITHOUT INSURANCE ? i gotta pay for it--so do they !! and it is not a road block... you can drive thru it. its is a check point... when you pay a toll to cross a bridge it has a barricade... IT IS BLOCKED and if you dont have change, your stuck.... and then you can get a ticket for impeding traffic and blocking the roadway... like splitting hairs here. deal with it. it wont kill you.. as a matter of fact, it might even save you... or one of your kids....
Elliot Webb November 01, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Lots of great points made here (and some absolutely pointless jabs), what's great about this thread is that it actually proves the constitution is flourishing. Look at how much free speech is represented here! I think anyone can see the added safety and inconvenience given by check points (even if they don't want to admit it), but I think it's imperative that EVERYONE questions things that rest in the fourth amendment grey area, for the same reason that any piece of evidence(even a murder weapon) is unusable at trial if it was obtained by a cop illegally. Read more about constitutional checkpoints here http://gototrial.com/determining-whether-a-dui-resulted-from-an-illegal-roadblock/
Timber December 30, 2012 at 12:13 AM
@UNCLE FESTER 1:50 am on Wednesday, September 5, 2012 What does someone look like when they have something to hide while avoiding a checkpoint? How does one look when they have a suspended license? How would anyone know someone has 'dope' in their car when stopping at a checkpoint? (x-ray vision, telepathy, superior olfactory perception) Granted an illegal u-turn gives the officer 'probable cause' to interfere with your liberty, the 4th Amend standard, but making a LEGAL turn while avoiding a checkpoint does not provide cause. There is no such thing as 'having nothing to hide' – life in this country is set with the standard of the right to be left alone (see writs of assistance in colonial history). An innocent individual is not subject to government scrutiny at anytime the government wishes otherwise the 4th becomes a group of meaningless words. It bothers some people because under such ambiguous circumstances situations that begin mildly may by happenstance turn severe. (Kelly Thomas, Pastor Steven Anderson. etc.)
Timber December 30, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Whether driving is a privilege or a right there are still constitutional standards that apply when the police are engaging the individual. With your premise of driving being a 'privilege' it could therefor mean that you no longer have the right to counsel, a fair trial, self-incrimination protection, due process, maybe even the freedom of speech and for good measure we could just abandon your right to life and shoot the motorist on the spot. Not very east to figure out for most, like yourself. http://www.nhinet.org/ccs/docs/writs.htm

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