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43 Citations Handed Out During Lake Elsinore DUI Checkpoint

Patch 2/22/2022 Toni McAllister
The checkpoint conducted by deputies from the Lake Elsinore Sheriff's Station was held from 8:30 p.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday at Collier Avenue and Riverside Drive. © Renee Schiavone/Patch The checkpoint conducted by deputies from the Lake Elsinore Sheriff's Station was held from 8:30 p.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday at Collier Avenue and Riverside Drive.

LAKE ELSINORE, CA — A DUI/driver's license checkpoint held over the weekend in Lake Elsinore netted a slew of arrests and citations, authorities announced.

The checkpoint conducted by deputies from the Lake Elsinore Sheriff's Station was held from 8:30 p.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday at Collier Avenue and Riverside Drive. During the operation, deputies were looking for drivers under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, including prescription medications.

According to the station, among the weekend's arrests and citations were five people taken into custody for driving under the influence; nine arrest warrants were served; 10 citations were issued to unlicensed drivers; and three citations were issued to people driving on a suspended license.


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In total, 43 citations were issued during the operation and 10 vehicles were towed, according to the sheriff's station.

Checkpoint locations are chosen based on a history of DUI crashes and arrests, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

"The primary purpose of checkpoints is not to make arrests but to promote public safety by deterring drivers from driving impaired," the agency said. "The safety of our community is and always will be our mission. Driving under the influence is dangerous and puts a further strain on critical resources."

Drivers charged with DUI face an average of $13,500 in fines and penalties, as well as a suspended license, according to the sheriff's department.

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

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