Temecula: DUI Checkpoints and Maximum Enforcement DUI Patrols Scheduled for New Year's Eve throughout Riverside County

Stop texting your friends.  Forget about whatever party you're going to tonight.  Put your clothes down.  Stop obsessing over tonight's outfit.  

Forget all that until you can answer this one question:  "Have I planned for sober transportation around town tonight yet?"  Don't let sober transportation be an afterthought, because  it isn't an afterthought for law enforcement. 

CHP Officers of Riverside, Beaumont, Indio and Temecula will be conducting maximum enforcement saturation patrols and DUI checkpoints from 6 p.m. on New Year's Eve until Sunday night throughout Riverside County.  DUI checkpoints are expected in the cities of Temecula, Lake Elsinore, Corona, Coachella, Cathedral City, Riverside, Desert Hot Springs, Rancho Mirage and Perris.  

If you're going out and planning on drinking, please use Uber, Lyft, or a taxi.  In addition, the Auto Club (AAA) sponsors a complimentary Tipsy Tow service on New Year’s Eve.  This service offers free rides to drivers who have been drinking.  Ask for a Tipsy Tow by calling 1-800-400-4222.  

Don't bring in the New Year behind bars.  You'll regret it more than any New Year's kiss you've ever had.  

If you want to prepare yourself for a possible police DUI investigation, read my blog post "What To Do If You're Pulled Over for DUI" here.  If you're too busy to do that, here's three quick and dirty tips:  (1) don't say anything to the police (i.e. - don't tell them if or how much or when you drank), but follow their requests; (2) don't participate in field sobriety tests (you're allowed to refuse to participate in FSTs); (3) request a blood test (not a breathalyzer).  

Posted by Mike Donaldson.