Murrieta, Calif. – The Murrieta Police Department conducted a DUI/Driver’s License checkpoint on September 14, 2019. The checkpoint was located at Clinton Keith Rd. and Murrieta Oaks between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. Personnel screened 1,495 vehicles/drivers. Four drivers were cited/arrested for operating a vehicle unlicensed or with a suspended/revoked license. Four drivers were screened for Driving under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol. No arrests were made for DUI.
DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests. Last year the Murrieta Police Department investigated 39 DUI collisions that injured 49 people.
Drivers caught driving impaired and charged with DUI can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to be approximately $13,500. This includes fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspension and other expenses not to mention possible jail time.
The Murrieta Police Department reminds drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” Prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, can impair and result in a DUI. Marijuana can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs.
The Murrieta Police Department will be conducting another DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint and/or DUI Saturation Patrols on through the end of 2019 in our ongoing commitment to take suspected impaired drivers off our streets and highways, ultimately lowering the risk for deaths and injuries.
Funding for this checkpoint was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.