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Two-Week Countywide Anti-DUI Operation Includes Beaumont

The Beaumont DUI checkpoint will occur on Aug. 31.

Beginning Friday, law enforcement agencies throughout Riverside County will be ramping up patrols for a two-week crackdown on motorists driving under the influence and committing other violations.

The end-of-summer "Avoid the 30" campaign -- named for the number of police agencies involved -- will get under way at 6 p.m. Friday and continue to Sept. 3.

The effort is part of a national campaign -- "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over," according to Riverside police Lt. Eric Charrette, the Avoid coordinator.

"On average, there is one alcohol-impaired driving fatality every 51 minutes across America," Charrette said. "This tragic loss of life can be reduced if we get impaired drivers off our roadways. Research has shown that high-visibility enforcement like the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign reduces alcohol-impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent."

Countywide anti-DUI operations will coincide with the California Highway Patrol's "Maximum Enforcement Period," which is set for Labor Day weekend. During the MEP, 80 percent of the CHP's officers hit the streets to nab intoxicated motorists, speeders and other traffic violators.

During last year's two-week Avoid campaign, 762 people were arrested on suspicion of DUI, compared to 693 in 2010.

"We want to remind everyone that it is illegal to drive impaired, and we hope the campaign will remind people that if they plan on drinking, to never get behind the wheel," Charrette said. "If someone does choose to drive impaired, we will arrest them. No warnings. No excuses."

Cities included in the sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols are Beaumont, Coachella, Corona, Hemet, Lake Elsinore, Moreno Valley, Murrieta, Norco, Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, Riverside, San Jacinto and Temecula.

Beaumont's multi-agency checkpoint will take place on Aug. 31. The location of the checkpoint is not yet known, according to a police spokesperson.

Greg M August 18, 2012 at 09:48 PM
And calling a checkpoint entrapment is a pretty good stretch of your imagination. If you see one up ahead, you have plenty of opportunity to turn around. My guess is that you personally have experience with these, and that the outcome was not favorable. Geez Steve, they even tell you when they are starting and what cities they are targeting. If you have something to hide, go lay low in another city till the checkpoints are over. True, the checkpoints main focus is intoxicated drivers. But if they find people with warrants, parole violators, outstanding parking tickets, whatever -- isn't that a good thing? You should be glad there are currently no laws against common sense, for I am quite sure you would be in violation....
Diego Rose August 19, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Hold up there Greg. You seem to think the answer to everything is just follow the rules. WRONG. It doesn't just work that way. A checkpoint is by EVERY stretch of the imagination, entrapment. Not a lot different from any other checkpoint in any other country around the world. Papers please!!?? You will be pulled over if you attempt to avoid any checkpoint as they do look for those people avidly. You wrote that,"if they find people with warrants, parole violators, outstanding parking tickets, whatever -- isn't that a good thing?" Not always sir. If you feel that a police state helps in "Keeping the peace" then your desire for safety will certainly keep you from achieving freedom. You should be reminded that here in the "Land of the Free" we have the highest incarceration rate in the world. There is a law against everything if needed by law enforcement. I want a common sense approach to my governance. We have got away from that due to many people's desire to have a law for everything. You can't legislate common sense and no law will keep you safe if you are the only one that follows it. The only reason they say anything about the checkpoints is because , there is a law for that too.
Timber August 19, 2012 at 04:08 AM
"There was a time (not long ago) when owning a black person was perfectly legal. Just because something is legal does not always mean it's right and just because something is illegal does not always mean it's wrong." - A wise man.
Mariana Zuelsdorf August 19, 2012 at 04:26 AM
It's a good thing, Greg. They need more checkpoints, and more often. There is no reason to fear a checkpoint if you aren't guilty of something
Diego Rose August 19, 2012 at 08:23 AM
Nice. . . ."Legal intent" becomes an interesting term when reading Wise man's quote.

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