Several Southwest Riverside County cities will be conducting DUI/Drivers license checkpoints on Friday June 8, law enforcement officials reported.
Moreno Valley, Perris and Palm Desert all plan to have officers manning sobriety checkpoints in an effort to keep drunk drivers off the road.
Officers will stop drivers passing through the checkpoints and looking for signs of alcohol or drug impairment.
Drivers who are found to be driving under the influence can expect jail, license suspension, increased car insurance, fines, fees, DUI classes, court probation and other expenses that can exceed $10,000, a Riverside County Sheriff’s report stated.
Checkpoints are placed in areas that give officers the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers and citizens.
Sgt. Danny Lingo explained that over the last three years, DUI accidents have claimed eleven lives and resulted in an astounding 331 collisions, injuring people and neighbors in the city of Perris.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving volunteers will be at some of the checkpoints to educate drivers on the importance of designated drivers.
“M.A.D.D. appreciates every opportunity to bring awareness about the dangers of drunk driving to the community,” M.A.D.D. spokesperson Brenda Frachiseur said in a previous statement. ”We support the efforts of law enforcement and believe the statistics speak for themselves. Drunk driving deaths were down 16 percent last year and we believe that is due in large part to DUI checkpoints.”
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