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DUI Checkpoint Scheduled In Lake Elsinore Dec. 13

The operation will begin at 6 p.m. Friday and is scheduled to conclude Saturday at 1 a.m.

A previous checkpoint set up by the Lake Elsinore Police Department. File photo/Daniel Lane
A previous checkpoint set up by the Lake Elsinore Police Department. File photo/Daniel Lane

The Lake Elsinore Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/driver's license checkpoint on Friday, Dec. 13, at an undisclosed location within the city limits, it has been announced.

"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. Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000," according to Sgt. Peter Giannakakos who serves out of the Lake Elsinore Sheriff's Station.

The operation will begin at 6 p.m. Friday and is scheduled to conclude Saturday at 1 a.m.

"In the past 12 months, the Lake Elsinore Police Department investigated 30 DUI collisions in which 48 persons were injured. Additionally during this time, the Lake Elsinore Police Department made over 180 DUI arrests," Giannakakos reported.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration alleges that checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies.

Funding for this 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, the sergeant said.

If you spot a suspected drunken or drugged driver, call 9-1-1.



TH Resident December 13, 2013 at 09:29 AM
Disclaimer: I believe these check points keep other commuters and their occupants safe. But aren't illegal aliens claiming this would be considered "profiling"? According to our liberal friends, requesting ID or proof of citizenship (even when voting) is considered racist and falls into a profiling type scenario.
spike December 13, 2013 at 11:38 AM
Along Grand, both sides of the 74 (if you turn left of right you get stopped). I think that would be awesome. People drive so poorly along the 74 when commuting I am not sure everyone is straight.
One Voice December 13, 2013 at 12:43 PM
I am curious why we have so many cops that drive unmarked cop cars, I have seen people pulled over by cops in a chrysler300, chrysler, charger, crown victoria and pick up trucks??? Is the crime so bad in this town of 55,000 that we can't know who is a cop or not???
Sue Popper December 13, 2013 at 01:08 PM
@LER. that would be great, especially in canyon lake city limits. One or two of those would take care of the fire station issue.
Andria December 13, 2013 at 02:12 PM
The bars don't close 'til 2:00 a.m.
Bd December 13, 2013 at 05:34 PM
My guess is the Four Corners area. As Maverick puts it, it's a target rich environment.

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