DUI Checkpoints lead to Multiple Arrests in Riverside County

On the night stretching from Friday to early Saturday morning, law enforcement from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department set up two sobriety checkpoints. These were in San Jacinto from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. and in Norco from 8 p.m. until 3 a.m.

The exact site of the San Jacinto checkpoint wasn’t disclosed. However, the operation led to the arrest of three individuals on charges of intoxication, arrest of two additional individuals for driving on a suspended license, and the impounding or storage of six automobiles.

In contrast, the checkpoint in Norco was held openly on the 2400 block of Hamner Avenue. There, 555 vehicles were inspected, leading to the arrest of two persons on suspicion of drunk driving. Additionally, five automobiles were towed from the location.

The Sheriff’s department issued a reminder to citizens that not only does alcohol interfere with one’s ability to drive but certain prescription medications and over-the-counter drugs can as well. The public was urged to adhere to use instructions and warning labels concerning driving or the operation of heavy machinery.

The department also stressed that while marijuana is legal for medicinal and recreational use in the state, driving while under the influence of marijuana remains an illegal act.

Drivers prosecuted for intoxicated driving could potentially face an average of $13,500 in penalties and fines, along with license suspension.

The funding for these sobriety checkpoints came from a grant awarded by the California Office of Traffic Safety. This was facilitated via the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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