Murrieta PD Schedules DUI Checkpoint for Sept. 6

The Murrieta Police Department Traffic Unit will conduct a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on Sept. 6 at an undisclosed location within the c...

The Murrieta Police Department Traffic Unit will conduct a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on Sept. 6 at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 7 p.m. and 3 a.m.

Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment and checking drivers for proper licensing, delaying motorists only momentarily, according to a news release. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving.

Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed eight lives and resulted in 86 injury crashes involving 112 people in Murrieta, police said.

Recent statistics reveal that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems. A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent). Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol.

DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests affording the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public.

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

Funding for this checkpoint is provided to Murrieta Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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