Riverside Police Department Press Release


For Immediate Release

Date Saturday, September 22, 2006
Contact Sergeant Skip Showalter
Phone (951) 826-5147

DUI Checkpoint has positive results

Riverside, Ca- On Friday, September 22, 2006, the Riverside Police Department conducted a checkpoint for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) at the intersection of Van Buren Boulevard and Garfield Avenue. Several Volunteers and Explorers from the department were on hand to assist with the effort.

Between the hours of 6 PM and 12 midnight, more than 2200 vehicles drove through the checkpoint. Three (3) subjects were arrested for DUI, sixty-five (65) were cited for licensing, seatbelt and/or open container violations and fifty (50) vehicles were impounded.

Additionally, several of the vehicles were also inspected to determine if they were illegally equipped for street racing and/or had children properly restrained in their vehicles. Although only one vehicle was cited for having illegal modifications to his engine, several subjects were cited for not restraining their children properly in the vehicle. One vehicle passing through the checkpoint had a toddler standing up in the back seat unrestrained and waving to officers. The driver was cited and the child was properly secured.

Another subject passing through the checkpoint did not anticipate seeing the detective that sent him to prison for manufacturing Methamphetamine. Now on parole, the suspect ran into Detective Ron Kipp who located several bindles of Methamphetamine on the subject who will be returning to prison for possessing controlled substances for sales.

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency.