My News LA reported recently that the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office plans additional DUI patrols and checkpoints starting Monday in a two-week holiday season campaign that is designed to crack down on drunken driving, drug-impaired driving, and other hazardous driving practices in the southern California locale.
During the enforcement campaign planned for the end of November and beginning of December, they will deploy additional deputies in locations throughout the county for saturation patrols targeting unsafe or intoxicated driving, according to spokespeople for the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
“Simple safety measures help to ensure we all safely enjoy the holidays,” stated a spokesperson for the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department’s Temecula station. “We encourage everyone to take care when they travel by not drinking and driving, following the speed limit, ensuring their vehicle is well-maintained, staying off the phone while driving and wearing a seatbelt. Doing these things will help keep you and others safe.”
The operation is scheduled to conclude December 15, although a similar campaign is planned by the California Highway Patrol for the region over the last two weeks of the year, bracketing Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
The Police Department did not disclose any planned checkpoints in specific. Law enforcement would like to remind motorists that not only does DUI create dangerous driving situations, but that DUI arrests often lead to jail time, and can cost motorists as much as $13,500 counting fines, fees, classes, license suspension, and other expenses factored in.