DUI  Enforcement Yields No DUI Arrests

Friday May 17th 2024, deputies in La Quinta  conducted an enforcement operation focused on drivers suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and or drugs and overall traffic safety. This 10 hour operation was conducted from 4:00 P.M. until 2:00 A.M. 

The operation resulted in 35 Traffic Stops, and 32 citations issued.

But there were no arrests for DUI.

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.

Always follow directions for use and read warning labels about “driving” or “operating heavy machinery,” which includes driving a vehicle. While medicinal and recreational marijuana are legal, driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal.

If you plan on drinking or taking medications that may impact your ability to drive safely, plan on staying at home.

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

Despite those costs, people continue to drink and drive, in part because current penalties are not a strong enough deterrent.

It is not uncommon in California to have people driving around  with numerous DUI arrests and convictions on their record.  Lenient penalties allow them to be repeat offenders.


DUI DOES NOT JUST MEAN BOOZE sign from Palm Springs CA Police Dept