Porterville Police Officers arrested two motorists whereas conducting a DUI enforcement patrol final Saturday.
Each of those arrests had been for driving whereas beneath the affect of an alcoholic beverage. Along with the arrests for DUI, one particular person was taken into custody pursuant to a felony warrant and two motorists had been issued citations for site visitors violations.
“Driving beneath the affect is harmful, unlawful and irresponsible,”Lieutenant Mark Azevedo mentioned. “Driving impaired isn’t excusable.”
Drivers charged with a first-time DUI face a mean of $13,500 in fines and penalties, in addition to a suspended license.
The Porterville Police Division reminds the general public impaired driving is not simply from alcohol. Some prescription medicines or over-the-counter medicine might intervene with driving. All the time observe instructions to be used and browse warning labels about driving or “working heavy equipment,” which incorporates driving a automotive. Whereas medicinal and leisure marijuana are authorized, driving beneath the affect of marijuana is against the law.
In one other checkpoint held on Could 28 no arrests had been made. One particular person did obtain a discover to seem in court docket resulting from a misdemeanor warrant.
4 motorists had been issued a quotation for driving whereas unlicensed and one passenger acquired a quotation for possession of an open alcoholic beverage in a car.
The checkpoint was held on the 400 block of West Olive Avenue from 8:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. A complete of 337 autos handed by the checkpoint.
Checkpoint areas are based mostly on a historical past of crashes and DUI arrests. The first function of checkpoints is not to make arrests, however to advertise public security by deterring drivers from driving impaired.
The Porterville Police Division will maintain further DUI/Driver’s License checkpoints within the coming weeks.
Funding for this checkpoint was offered by a grant from the California Workplace of Visitors Security by the Nationwide Freeway Visitors Security Administration.