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Chino: DUI Checkpoint Yields 9 Arrests

City of Chino

Chino – The Chino Police Department successfully concluded a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint during the early hours of Sat., Aug. 23, resulting in nine arrests. Two subjects were arrested for DUI, three were arrested for drug related charges and four were arrested for outstanding warrants. Twenty-five citations were also issued for various offenses including 18 citations for unlicensed/suspended drivers. A total of 5 vehicles were impounded.

The checkpoint was part of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign funded by the State of California, Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It took place from approximately 8:00 p.m. Friday, to 3:00 a.m. Saturday morning, in the 11600 block of Central Avenue.

The purpose of this type of checkpoint is to educate the public, arrest impaired drivers who are operating vehicles while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, cite unlicensed drivers, and to reduce the number of victims killed or injured in alcohol-related collisions.

The Chino Police Department encourages people to call 911 to report suspected drunk drivers.

Eastvale: DUI Checkpoint Controversy

BY K.P. SANDER

 

Eastvale – It seems like every time information is published about an impending Sobriety Checkpoint, or the results of one, citizens on Facebook and other social media sites post rants implying everything from a violation of civil or constitutional rights, to just a way for the city to make money. But what about another perspective?

DUI Checkpoints, or roadblocks, involve law enforcement officials stopping every vehicle, or every random vehicle, on a public roadway and investigating the possibility that a driver may be too impaired to drive. They can occur at random, on research obtained by law enforcement, or even be set near exit points of public events to prevent large numbers of drunk drivers from being released into traffic simultaneously.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that in 2012, just in California, more than 10,000 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes; that’s one every 51 minutes. Further, 28 percent of all traffic deaths were alcohol related, not to mention the estimated $37 billion that these accidents cost every year. Those are some statistics the public should surely like to see reduced; significantly.

According to California Watch, DUI Checkpoints have saved countless lives on the nation’s roadways and have brought thousands of drunken drivers to justice. And by inspecting driver’s licenses, police catch motorists driving unlawfully, typically without insurance, and temporarily remove them from the road.

As far as ranting about legalities, California Vehicle Code 2814.2VC authorizes these inspections. DUI Checkpoints have also been held valid under both the United States and California constitutions. The California Supreme Court states that DUI Checkpoints are administrative inspections (akin to airport screenings) and as such they are an exception to the 4th Amendment rule that an officer must have probable cause to initiate a California DUI investigation.

In a recent interview with Captain Jason Horton from the Eastvale Police Department, he said, “I’d like to make one thing perfectly clear. We do not hold checkpoints for any financial gain. First of all, we are a public agency bound by the laws of the State of California and funded by the office of Transportation Safety, and we are not allowed to ‘make money’. But more importantly, these checkpoints are for education and notification that we have a zero tolerance for driving under the influence. We use real statistics to show that there is a need for these checkpoints in our city. Our goals are to reduce collisions and injuries and remove impaired drivers from the road. We have made arrests, but I think everyone can agree that we do not want these people on our Eastvale streets.”

The latest DUI Checkpoint conducted by the Eastvale Police Department occurred on July 25 near Schleisman and Archibald between the hours of 7 p.m. and 3 a.m. The operation examined 1,005 vehicles, and resulted in one DUI arrest, five sobriety field tests, three citations for unlicensed drivers, one citation for a suspended license, 13 citations for various vehicle and/or penal code violations, and one towed vehicle. So what if that checkpoint netted ONLY one DUI arrest. What if that driver had killed someone? What if that someone was in your family?

The nearby Chino Police Department successfully conducted a DUI Checkpoint on July 19 that resulted in the arrest of four subjects that were driving under the influence, as well as another for drug related charges. What if those five drivers were heading for Eastvale?

According to Horton, checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving deterrence, and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public. Locations are based upon research and statistics; the byproduct is education and awareness.

So, when you read social media comments about these checkpoints invading one’s privacy, or that the police are just trying to generate revenue for the city through citations, remember that the bottom line is that these checkpoints have been shown to lower DUI-related deaths and injuries. NHTSA says that checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies. According to the Eastvale Police Department, a major component of these checkpoints is the deterrent effects they have on those who might drive drunk or drug impaired. The knowledge of a checkpoint in the area of “celebration” encourages the use of designated drivers, less drinking, and more planning. That can only be a good thing. As they say, “Drunk Driving: Over the Limit, Under Arrest.” It’s the law.

The next time you see a DUI Checkpoint in place, don’t panic or become agitated. Officers are courteous, efficient and professional, and they are just trying to keep you safe. What have you got to hide?

Horton says that officers at checkpoints rarely issue citations unless the situation warrants it. If a citation or enforcement ticket is written, a portion of the money collected goes to the state for court fees, and a portion comes back to the city. But they are not out there to increase revenue, by any means.

And yes, there is definitely a profit for the City. The proceeds derived from removing impaired drivers from the road, even if the net revenue was just one individual – and what if that individual was one that might have run a red light you were crossing against – is worth more than any citation could ever yield. A new perspective to consider.

 

 

 

 

EASTVALE: DUI CHECKPOINT RESULTS

PRESS RELEASE COURTESY OF RIVERSIDE SHERIFF’S DEPT.

Checkpoint Results:

Eastvale, CA –  The Eastvale Police Department conducted a DUI/Driver’s License checkpoint on June 20, 2014, at Limonite Ave. and Cloverdale Market Place between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public.

DUI/Driver’s License checkpoints have been shown to lower DUI deaths and injuries.  A major component of these checkpoints are the deterrent effects it has on those who might drive drunk or drugged impaired, bringing about more awareness and encouraging everyone to use sober designated drivers.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent.  Ninety percent of California drivers approve of checkpoints.

Operation Results:

  • 690 Vehicles passed through the checkpoint
  • 1 DUI arrest
  • 11 Field sobriety tests for DUI of alcohol
  • 16 Citations were issued for unlicensed drivers
  •  2 Citation was issued for suspended driver’s license
  • 7 Citations for miscellaneous vehicle code violations and penal code violations
  • 6 Vehicles towed

During the checkpoint hours, patrol officers were in the vicinity contacting the public for vehicle code violations. Out of those contacts, 7 citations were issued. These numbers are included in the overall operation results listed above.

The checkpoint was conducted with the assistance of the Jurupa Valley Station’s Traffic Team, and Volunteers, and CAL ID. In addition, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department/Crime Analyst Unit was on scene to assist the Eastvale Police Department in processing the larger than normal volume of citations, towing records, arrest/incident reports and computer checks of various law enforcement databases.

Drunk driving is a major cause of fatal and injury collisions each year. We are seeking your assistance in saving lives. If you are on the roadways and you observe a possible drunk driver call 911 immediately. Officers will be dispatched to the location and make every effort to prevent the impaired driver from continuing to pose a threat.

The Eastvale Police Department wishes to remind you that if you choose to drink alcoholic beverages, please designate a sober driver before getting into a vehicle. Remember “Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest!”

EASTVALE: Every Fifteen Minutes Educates Teens on Drunk Driving

ERHS presents "Every 15 Minutes" to teach students the dangers of Drunk Driving. Photos by: Emily Aguilar

ERHS presents “Every 15 Minutes” to teach students the dangers of Drunk Driving. Photos by: Emily Aguilar

ERHS

BY: EMILY AGUILAR

EASTVALE –  Eleanor Roosevelt High School conducted the Every Fifteen Minute simulation on March 20 – 21 to educate students on the dangers of drunk driving. The program is conducted by selecting twenty-two students and their families to act out a simulation in which a few of them were killed in a car-related accident caused by someone being intoxicated. These students are then pulled out of their classrooms and homes for two days in order to make their “death” feel real to all involved.

On the first day, students were taken to Scholar Way to witness a “car crash”, equipped with law enforcement, actors, and a Grim Reaper who walked around the dead students to show the brutality of drunk driving. While watching the eerily real looking blood covering the bodies of their fellow classmates, some students were distraught by what they witnessed. “The events that are taking place today are fake, however, they happen so often, they feel real,” remarked Senior Alexis Castro.

The following day, students were taken to the gym where they attended the memorial service of their beloved classmates. A sense of vulnerability seemed to weigh upon the audience while they were subjected to a slideshow of the deceased students before their death as well as seeing their coffins surrounding a group of family members of the deceased. The mock-memorial service proved to soften the hearts of the audience when the ‘living dead’ students, their families, and a victim of drinking and driving tearfully read out their letters to the audience that described what they would tell the world if they had an opportunity to speak from the beyond.

Although emotional, the simulation made students take the challenge to not drink and drive and value their lives and the lives of others. When asked why he felt this simulation was necessary, the school’s principal, Mr. Goins stated that it “puts the thing we hear about into a form in which we can see and feel the tragedy.” The

Chino/Diamond Bar: Chino Resident Among Six Killed in Wrong Way Crash

Car Crash Diamond Bar

These are the remnants of vehicles in Sunday’s deadly crash. (Photo Courtesy: Google Images)

STAFF REPORTS

Chino – Kristin Melissa Young, 21, of Chino, lost her life in the unfortunate events that unraveled at approximately 4:40 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 9.  A heartbreaking collision left six people dead, including a family of four.  Young was a passenger in a 2013 Chevrolet Camaro being driven by her friend, who was allegedly drunk at the time, when they crashed head-on into a red 1998 Ford Explorer.  The crash also killed the driver’s sister.

According to authorities, Olivia Carolee Culbreath, 21, of Fontana, was driving the wrong way on the westbound 60 Freeway near Diamond Bar Boulevard, speeding at approximately 100 miles per hour, when her Camaro struck the Explorer, which in turn struck another vehicle (a passenger in this vehicle sustained minor injuries).

Culbreath suffered a ruptured bladder and broken femur in the crash.  A CHP news release states that she was arrested Sunday on suspicion of felony driving under the influence of alcohol causing bodily injury or death, and felony manslaughter.  Culbreath was hospitalized at USC Medical Center and could ultimately spend the rest of her life in jail.

The Los Angeles County Coroner’s office has identified the deceased as Maya Louise Culbreath, 24, a Rialto resident and also the driver’s sister; Kristin Melissa Young, 21, from Chino; and the family riding in the Ford Explorer, Gregorio Mejia-Martinez, 47; his wife, Leticia Ibarra, 42; his daughter, Jessica Jasmine Mejia, 20; and Jessica’s grandmother, Ester Delgado, all from Huntington Park.

According to DMV records, Culbreath had just had restrictions lifted from her license last week from a DUI conviction in San Bernardino juvenile court back in 2010.  She is reportedly survived by her infant son, born in late January.

Eastvale Receives DUI Checkpoint Grant

Staff Reports

 

Eastvale – The Police Department for the City of Eastvale has been awarded a 2014 Traffic Safety Grant for an anti-DUI Program.  The $52,975 award from the California Office of Traffic Safety (through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) will be used to help prevent deaths and injuries, and keep our Eastvale roadways safe through enforcement and education.

The grant activities will specifically target impaired driving offenders as well as educate the public on the dangers of impaired driving through the use of DUI/driver’s license checkpoints. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), almost 30 people die every day in the United States in vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver.  This amounts to one death every 48 minutes.  The annual cost of alcohol-related accidents totals more than $51 billion.  However, statistics show that these numbers can drop up to 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted on a frequent basis.  Checkpoints have proven to be the most effective of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while yielding a considerable cost savings of six dollars for every one dollar spent.  DUI Checkpoints are also supported by nearly 90 percent of California drivers.

You can do your part, too.  In this season of celebrations, remember to celebrate responsibly and always drive sober.