Coachella DUI Checkpoints Lead To Arrests

My News LA reported recently that the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office arrested at least half a dozen people during DUI/ driver’s license compliance checkpoint operations held in the Coachella Valley over last weekend. 

According to officials from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office, a DUI checkpoint was held at the intersection of Fourth Street and Cesar Chavez Street in Coachella Valley between the hours of 8:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST) on Friday evening and 2:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST) on Saturday morning. 534 drivers were screened during the checkpoint, and three were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI) while three others were taken into custody due to active arrest warrants. In addition, fifteen motorists were cited for driving without a license.

Officers with the Palm Springs Police Department held a DUI checkpoint simultaneously along the 3100 block of North Indian Canyon Drive, screening 565 drivers. They did not arrest anyone for suspicion of DUI, but did arrest one person on suspicion of unlawful possession of a firearm and cited five drivers for driving without a license or on a suspended license. 

Checkpoint locations are chosen based on historical data related to DUI crashes and arrests, and are funded by grants from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Those arrested for DUI can spend time in jail and pay up to $13,500, including fines, fees, classes, license suspensions and other expenses.

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