Lake Elsinore DUI Checkpoint Scheduled

Deputies will be checking drivers looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment.

The Lake Elsinore Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/driver's license checkpoint Saturday.

The checkpoint location will be inside city limits, but the exact spot and time have not been released by authorities.

“Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint and looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. They will also be checking to ensure drivers are properly licensed,” according to a news release from the Lake Elsinore Police Department.

Over the past three years, the Lake Elsinore Police Department has investigated 58 fatal and injury DUI collisions; during that same time, 71 people were injured and six killed as a result of DUI collisions, according to the news release.

“Those arrested for DUI will face jail time, loss of their driver licenses, or being sentenced to use ignition interlocks. Their insurance rates go up. Other financial hits include attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of job or job prospects. When family, friends and co-workers find out, violators can also face tremendous personal embarrassment and humiliation,” according to the news release.

The checkpoint is being funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Miranda June 16, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Remember driving under the influence isnt just alcohol.
Diana June 16, 2012 at 03:28 PM
The idea of having events such as those at the Motorsports Park is to bring into the City much needed revenue, by putting a checkpoint at the event locations would not only create major traffic problems but discourage people from attending these events. The last event held there found that every Hotel in town was sold out, restaurants, gas stations and every other business in this town benefits from these events. Although these events serve beer doesn't mean that everyone that attends gets drunk and drives, most people are smart enough to have a designated driver if they are drinking and the sports park also has RV parking available for the weekend. Our City needs to encourage anyone that wants to bring their event to the town, weather it is the stadium, lake or sports park, we are so in need of tourism, and revenue for our merchants and our City.
Miranda June 16, 2012 at 05:05 PM
I worked concession at the Diamond in the 90's and while I agree people shouldn't get drunk at public events, the servers also have a responsibilty not to serve when the patrons are intoxicated.
Diana June 16, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Whomever is putting on the event at whatever location in LE pays a big chunk of change to have police/sheriff and private security as well as money to the City for permits and so on at these events. I know that Lucas Oil paid a huge amount for the last race they held at the sports park. Also the Sheriffs Dept pays there officers pretty large for policing this event, $500.00 per day, per shift so your event holder is paying big bucks for their service.


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