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DUI Checkpoint planned for City of Canyon Lake

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Lake Elsinore Station will be conducting a Driving Under the Influence and Driver’s License Checkpoint on Friday, March 22, between the hours of 8 p.m. and 2 a.m. at an undisclosed location within the City of Canyon Lake. Checkpoint locations are chosen based on a history of DUI crashes and arrests.

During the checkpoint, deputies will look for signs that drivers are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

In December 2023, four drivers were arrested for driving under the influence during an enforcement operation in the City of Canyon Lake. The operation resulted in 33 traffic stops, 33 field sobriety tests, and four drivers arrested for DUI. Twenty-three citations were issued and four vehicles were impounded.

In addition to the upcoming checkpoint, three saturation patrols are planned between now and September 30, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. Only DUI Checkpoints are posted in advance. Advance notice is not required for saturation patrols.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Office reminds the public that impaired driving is not just from alcohol. Some prescription medications or over-the-counter drugs may interfere with driving. While medicinal and recreational marijuana are legal, driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal.

Drivers charged with DUI face an average of $13,500 in fines and penalties, as well as a suspended license.

Funding is provided by a $34,358.00 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) to support ongoing enforcement and education programs to help reduce the number of serious injuries and deaths on roads in the City of Canyon Lake. The current OTS grant is valid until September 30, with potential annual renewal upon application.

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