Two people arrested, three vehicles towed in Temecula during overnight checkpoint

RIVERSIDE – In Temecula, two motorists were arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and three vehicles were towed during the checkpoint at Rancho California Road and Butterfield Stage that began at noon Saturday and ended 9 p.m. Saturday.

During the checkpoint, five motorists who were unlicensed or had suspended licenses were sent to court.

Five people were arrested on suspicion of drunken driving in total and nine vehicles in total were towed during overnight driver’s license/sobriety checkpoints in San Jacinto and Temecula, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said today.

On Esplanade and San Jacinto avenues, three motorists were arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and six vehicles were towed during a checkpoint that began at 7 p.m. Saturday and ended today at 3 a.m., according to a department statement.

In addition. 10 ten unlicensed drivers were sent to court, according to the department statement.

One Response to "Two people arrested, three vehicles towed in Temecula during overnight checkpoint"

  1. Interesting Fact   September 2, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    I read in the PE (http://blog.pe.com/2013/09/02/dui-crackdown-law-enforcement-agencies-continue-labor-day-checkpoints/) that 1,220 vehicles were screened at the checkpoint in Temecula, resulting in 2 DUI arrests. That is an efficacy rate of only 0.002, or less than 1/2 of 1% of the total vehicles screened. DUI saturation patrols are MUCH more effective at fighting drunk driving. When I passed through the checkpoint on my way home from work, I counted about 20 officers, 10 patrol cars, several motorcycles and a huge RV command center. There were only 5 cars being screened. You can’t tell me this is a good use of tax payer resources. Can you imagine if an extra 10 patrol cars were out looking for drunks? Saturation patrols are much more effective at getting impaired drivers off the street. Why isn’t that the focus instead of this minimally effective, labor-intensive checkpoints?

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