DUI Checkpoint Scheduled for this Saturday, July 23

Menifee Police Department's Traffic Unit announced that they will be conducting a another DUI/Driver's License checkpoint this Satur...

Menifee Police Department's Traffic Unit announced that they will be conducting a another DUI/Driver's License checkpoint this Saturday, July 23, at an undisclosed location within the city between the hours of 6:00 p.m to 2:00 a.m.

It'll be the fourth time this month that Police have conducted either a DUI checkpoint or Saturation Patrol. In the three prior events, authorities arrested nine for DUI, along with twenty-five citations and/or arrests for driving without a license, or with a suspended license. Twenty-eight vehicles were towed, and fourteen citations for other violations.

Statewide, overall traffic deaths declined by 23 percent, from 3,995 in 2007 to 3,081 in 2009. Total traffic fatalities are at their lowest levels in six decades. DUI deaths declined by 16 percent, from 1,132 in 2007 to 950 in 2009, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Fatality Analysis Reporting System.

Alcohol impaired deaths still make up the largest category of overall vehicle fatalities , with 31 percent of all deaths being caused by a drunk driver.

"A DUI checkpoint is a proven-effective method to lower this totally preventable crime." a Menifee Police Department memo states. "Our objective is to send a clear message to those who are considering driving a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol and/or drugs; if we catch you driving buzzed, drunk or impaired by drugs, you will go to jail."

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  1. This is a good thing and a revenue generator. I believe that if a vehicle is impounded for criminal activity the local department can keep it and auction it off.

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  2. I love how there's an ad for The Beer Hunter right next to this story... "Come to Menifee and enjoy a beer or two, just don't plan on driving home." Ah well, gotta get ad revenue from somewhere, right?

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