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CHP to Hold Local Checkpoint Saturday

The checkpoint is planned Saturday in southwest Riverside County as part of California Highway Patrol's holiday maximum enforcement period.

Temecula-area California Highway Patrol officers plan to hold a DUI/driver's license checkpoint Saturday at an undisclosed location in southwest Riverside County.

The checkpoint is planned as part of CHP's statewide "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" holiday enforcement period, which begins at 6 p.m. Friday Dec. 21 and runs through 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 25, according to Temecula Area CHP Officer Nathan Baer.

Motorists approaching the checkpoint Saturday will see informational signs advising them a checkpoint is ahead, Baer said, in a news release.

"Once diverted into the lane, motorists will be detained only a few moments while an officer explains the purpose of the checkpoint and checks their driver license," Baer said.

Further, during the maximum enforcement period, all available officers will be out on the roadways for enhanced enforcement efforts and assisting motorists wherever needed, Baer said.

According to a news release issued by CHP, 14 people were killed in collisions in California during the 2011 Christmas holiday weekend; half of the people killed in CHP jurisdiction were not wearing a seat belt. In addition, the CHP made 980 arrests for driving under the influence during the 78-hour Christmas maximum enforcement period.

“The winter holidays can pose some of the toughest challenges for our officers,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. “Inclement weather, holiday celebrations, and drivers in a hurry to get to their destination can make for a deadly combination. We want you to enjoy the season and remember that safety is a crucial element.”

Along with the increased enforcement effort, the CHP asked motorists to help keep the state’s roadways safe by calling 911 to report a suspected drunk driver.

CHP asks that callers provide 911 dispatchers a description of the suspect's vehicle, its location, and its direction of travel.

TVOR December 23, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Timber, I would suggest patrols of specially trained DUI enforcement officers at key places at key times, This would be far more effective than setting up checkpoints. It kinda pisses me off the powers that be waste our tax money on checkpoints that are not very effective due to decisions made by the courts when they could have a very effective means of finding and removing drunk drivers from our roads.
TVOR December 23, 2012 at 09:21 PM
A huge amount of money is spent catching speeding drivers as well as drunks. I believe we must do what we can to eliminate the most dangerous situations from our roadways. Drunk driving is one of the most dangerous of those situations.
Timber December 23, 2012 at 09:26 PM
Maggie Avants, will there be an update on the results of this event? Thank you
Timber December 23, 2012 at 10:15 PM
OTS does provide funding for saturation patrols but one of the requisites for anti-dui funding is to promote the 'perception' that police are looking to apprehend offenders. It is believed that the physical manifestation of the checkpoint itself serves that purpose through actual one on one contact with the community while roving patrols aimed at same will fall far short of the primary 'educate and deter' principle. So you see the actual primary goal of dui checkpoints is not to detect and arrest violators that is secondary in nature. Checkpoints would have failed constitutional scrutiny if the primary purpose was through application of the penal code instead it is permissible through administrative action on behalf of public safety in general. Most people have mischaracterized the main function of the anti-dui campaign. The accepted view tends to be like yours that any dui checkpoint goal is to detect criminal wrong doing. It is a pr campaign misunderstood by the masses. I doubt federal monies would be given in support of your suggested 'more effective' means because it would miss the point.
TVOR December 24, 2012 at 05:37 AM
Timber I think that is a damn shame because those dollars spent on police overtime would be better spent actually removing drunks from the street.

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