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Officers from the Palm Desert Police Department arrested four people for driving under the influence and arrested six others for driving without a license or on a suspended one during one of their regularly scheduled sobriety and driver’s license checkpoints from 7:00 p.m. Saturday through 3:00 a.m. Sunday, a Sheriff’s official reported.

DUI Checkpoint - versageek/Flickr

DUI Checkpoint – versageek/Flickr

The checkpoint took place on Highway 111 west of Deep Canyon in Palm Desert and 876 vehicles passed through during the time it was conducted, according to a Riverside County Sheriff’s report.

Of those 876 vehicles, 801 were screened by checkpoint personnel and 27 field sobriety tests were conducted, Sheriff’s Sgt. Dave Adams said.

The checkpoint was conducted in order to keep people safe while also deterring individuals from driving under the influence, according to Adams.

“The objective of this DUI/Driver’s License checkpoint was to lower DUI deaths and injuries within the City of Palm Desert,” he said in his report. “A major component of these types of checkpoints is the deterrent effects it has on those who might drive drunk or drugged impaired bring about more awareness and encouraging everyone to use sober designated drivers.”

The checkpoint was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

1 Comment on Palm Desert: DUI checkpoint nabs four

  1. They should only be checking for sobriety. Adding Driver licenses is mission creep. Next it will be DUI, DL, Citizenship status, etc….I grew up when California Highway Patrol would set up “safety checks”. It was to check mirrors, headlights,tires , registration, Driver licenses, then they added draft cards. Not just the driver , but everybody in the car. If you were 18 and didn’t have one(draft card), even as a passenger, they would arrest you, and pull you right out of the car. All under the cover of the “safety check”. These checkpoints are now being used in a manner for which they were never commisioned.

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