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Yucca Valley, CA – Yucca Valley Police Department Traffic Unit conducted a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint on August 29, 2014, at Twentynine Palms Hwy and Balsa Ave between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 2:00 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/Drivers 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 drug 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.
Michael Martin, 24 years old, residing in Joshua Tree was arrested for driving on a suspended license and transported to the Morongo Basin jail.
David Shaub, 46 years old, residing in Palm Springs was arrested for driving under the influence of a controlled substance. In an effort to release Shaub’s vehicle to a licensed driver, Shaub’s passenger, Nathan Picco 34, residing in Desert Hot Springs was determined to have a felony warrant. During a search incident to his arrest, Picco was found to be in possession of suspected methamphetamine. Both Schaub and Picco were transported to the Morongo Basin jail.
Yucca Valley PD will be conducting other DUI/Drivers License Checkpoints or DUI saturation Patrols in the near future in our ongoing commitment to lowering deaths and injuries on our streets and highways.
This checkpoint was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1!