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Menifee Police Department yields 3 arrests, multiple citations during Saturday Night DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint

DUI Checkpoint (c) Daniel Lane

Menifee, CA – The Menifee Police Department Traffic Unit conducted a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint that began at 8 p.m., March 15, 2014, at Newport Rd. and Lone Pine St. and ended at 2 a.m. March 16, 2014.

A total of 1-thousand vehicles passed through the checkpoint, reported the Menifee Police Department Sgt. Strang.  Of those vehicles, 65 vehicles were directed into the secondary inspection/evaluation area which resulted in the following:

  • 10 drivers were given field sobriety tests
  • 2 DUI-Alcohol suspects were arrested.
  • 1 DUI-Drug impaired suspect was arrested
  • 15 Drivers were cited for operating a vehicle unlicensed or while suspended/revoked
  • 11 vehicles were towed
  • 19 Citations were issued
  • 1 Arrest warrant was served

“Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public.” Stated Sgt. Strang of the Menifee Police Department.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent.  Ninety percent of California drivers approve of checkpoints. “The DUI-Driver’s License Checkpoints have been shown to lower DUI deaths and injuries.” stated Strang. “A major component of these checkpoints are the deterrent effects it has on those who might drive drunk or drugged impaired, bringing about more awareness and encouraging everyone to use sober designated drivers.”

The Menifee Police Department remains committed to lowering DUI related deaths and injuries on our streets and highways.  “This checkpoint was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.” Strang reported. As always, citizens are encouraged to report Drunk Drivers by calling 9-1-1.

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About Ashley Ludwig

Ashley Ludwig is an Editor for Patch News, Orange County and Los Angeles. She is also an inspirational romantic suspense author.

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