San Jacinto DUI Checkpoint results
The San Jacinto Police Department Traffic Unit conducted a DUI/Driver’s License checkpoint at Ramona Expressway at Lyon Avenue on Aug. 19 from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for deterring drunk and drugged driving and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public. Checkpoint results included 1,578 vehicles screened, 33 drivers cited or arrested for operating a vehicle without a driver’s license or driving on a suspended or revoked license. One person was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.
In recent years, California has seen a disturbing increase in drug-impaired driving collisions, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. The San Jacinto Police Department supports the new effort from the Office of Traffic Safety that aims to educate all drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” Many prescription drugs, particularly those with a warning label against driving or operating machinery, may impair someone enough to get a DUI. Marijuana can also cause impairment, especially when combined with alcohol or other drugs, and can result in a DUI.
Studies of California drivers have shown that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems. A study of active drivers revealed that more people tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent). Marijuana was the most prevalent drug used, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol.
Drivers are encouraged to download the California Office of Traffic Safety DDVIP (Designated Driver VIP) free mobile app for Android or iPhone. The app helps find nearby bars and restaurants that feature free incentives for the designated sober driver, from free non-alcoholic drinks to free appetizers and more. The app even has social media tie-ins and a tab for to call Uber, Lyft or Curb for a ride home if no designated driver is available.
Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspension and other expenses that can exceed $10,000, not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out.
The checkpoint was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to “Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1.”
Los Angeles man attempts kidnapping in Rancho Mirage; arrested in Moreno Valley
The Rancho Mirage Police Department received a report of an attempt kidnapping in the 36100 block of Bob Hope Drive on Aug. 16. It was alleged that a Hispanic male adult attempted to pull a 9-year-old girl away from her mother while they were shopping at a business. Employees at the business came to the assistance of the victim and her mother and separated the suspect from the victim. The suspect fled in a silver Hyundai Santa Fe SUV from the location.
The victim’s mother and employees at the business provided a description of the suspect vehicle, including the license plate number. An officer located the vehicle in Palm Desert near 34500 Monterey Ave. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle; however, the driver refused to yield and a pursuit ensued. The California Highway Patrol took over the pursuit as it travelled westbound on the I-10 freeway, ending in the city of Moreno Valley, and Moreno Valley Police assisted taking the suspect into custody.
Roberto Arce Cardenas, 39 years, of Los Angeles, was arrested and was booked into Riverside County Jail for kidnapping and weapons violations. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Investigator Tom Hendry at 760-836-1600.