We reported last week that the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department had announced a campaign to crack down on DUI or unlicensed motorists across the county. Now, My News LA reports that 24 people were arrested at a DUI checkpoint in Moreno Valley on Saturday, December 17.
The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department conducted the checkpoint just north of the intersection of Perris Boulevard and Santiago Drive from 9:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. on Sunday, December 18.
A total of 844 vehicles were screened at the Moreno Valley checkpoint on Saturday.
According to a statement from Sgt. Robert Grmusha, of the arrests, five people were arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol, while one was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of drugs.
Six additional motorists were arrested for driving on an expired or suspended license, and 10 more drivers were arrested for outstanding misdemeanor warrants.
One motorist was arrested for failing to yield at the checkpoint, while another was arrested on suspicion of public intoxication.
This latest checkpoint in Riverside County and other locations made by Southern California law enforcement agencies is a part of a nationwide initiative by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.
The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, the California Highway Patrol, and other participating law enforcement agencies remind the public that while the holidays are the perfect time to celebrate with family and friends, have a plan to get home safely. If you drink, appoint a designated driver or use public transportation or a ride-sharing service.