Regina Gallegos, age 24 of Indio, and Patricia Espinoza, age 42 of Indio, were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Both Gallegos and Espinoza were booked into the Riverside County jail in Indio.
Statistics show that alcohol and drug impaired driving can lead to serious injury and/or death. The city of Coachella and the Coachella Police Department remain steadfast in its effort of reducing driver-impaired traffic collisions within the city, while increasing public safety and awareness regarding the dangers of impaired driving.
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!
On Friday, September 4, 2015, beginning at 7:00 PM, the Coachella Police Department conducted a DUI/Driver’s License checkpoint in the area of Ave. 50 and Van Buren Blvd. The checkpoint was one of many DUI and traffic-related operations conducted throughout the year, in a collaborative effort to deter drunk driving while increasing public safety. 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.
Approximately 452 vehicles passed through the checkpoint. Sixteen vehicles were diverted to secondary screening.
- Eight field sobriety tests were conducted;
- Two drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs;
- Three drivers were cited for driving without a valid driver’s license;
- One driver was cited for a miscellaneous equipment violation;
- Two vehicles were towed.