has learned that The Costa Mesa Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint on Friday, April 26, 2013, at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m.
Our Orange County DUI Lawyers have learned from the Newport Beach Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on Friday, April 26, 2013 at Jamboree Road and Santa Barbara Drive between the hours of 8:30 p.m. to 3:00 am.
You can read the press release here: http://www.nbpd.org/civica/press/display.asp?layout=1&Entry=440
DUI checkpoints are not an effective method of getting drunk drivers off the streets. But they are a substantial source of income for law enforcement – each DUI checkpoint has grants from the State Office of Traffic safety, with matching grants from the Federal National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Officer overtime is also covered, so it personally puts money in the officer’s pockets, and MADD often will contribute grants, as well as free food and coffee for officers, and volunteers for DUI Checkpoints.
A long term study by UC Berkeley, however, showed that DUI checkpoints result in millions in income not from DUI cases, but from impound fees from unlicensed and unregistered vehicles. Those fees are shared with tow yards, with minimum 30 and 60 day impounds resulting in large sums of income for law enforcement.
Officers and police agencies are now stating that DUI checkpoints are “not about enforcement, but about education”. Be safe out there.
Orange Coast College reports that their students will have the chance to see what it’s like to go through a field sobriety test on campus. Except without the drinking and driving part.
A walking DUI checkpoint event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 30th, 2013.
The event is a follow-up to the action team shadowing the Costa Mesa Police Department on March 29 to see first-hand what goes into working a DUI checkpoint. Students observed the process from the perspective of the police from 9 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. that night.
“It was somewhat intimidating with all the lights and signs and everything. Going out there it was completely different,” said Bradley Hughes, 36, a psychology major, “It was a relaxing atmosphere. They’re not out there to bust people for DUIs. They’re there to raise awareness.”
Students watched officers perform the three main field sobriety tests conducted at DUI checkpoints: a check of astigmatism in the eyes, [editor's note - wrong. this test looks for nystagmus, not astigmatism], a balance test requiring one foot be held for 30 seconds with arms at side and the classic: walk a straight line. [and turn, and balance, and follow instructions -Rob]
Before coming upon a DUI checkpoint, there were signs warning drivers about the upcoming checkpoints and people can choose to avoid them. There were no arrests.
However, four people were cited and the action team was there to watch the process during two: one for possession of marijuana and one for driving without a valid license.
“Talking to friends, they have a negative outlook on DUI checkpoints,” Nguyen said. “Before ever seeing what goes on behind the scenes, I realized they’re not out there to get you. They’re there to get you to be aware.”
“[We’ve] set it up like a DUI checkpoint, but on campus,” said Kelly Greene, program coordinator of the Student Health Center. “We’ll have Costa Mesa P.D. at the end and set it up like a checkpoint to conduct field sobriety tests.”
You may have questions about DUI checkpoints and cases in Orange County. Contact our Orange County DUI Lawyers at (877) 568-2977.
Our Orange County DUI Lawyers have learned that Laguna Beach police officers will fan out across the city on Saturday (tonight) to stop and arrest alcohol- and drug-impaired drivers as part of the department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign.
Officers will staff checkpoints (yes, plural) in areas with high frequencies of DUI collisions and/or arrests from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. Saturday.
There were no DUI arrests made during Newport Beach’s March 22-23 checkpoint despite police reporting 1,513 vehicles passed through. A March 16 Irvine checkpoint handled 1,007 vehicles, one of which produced a driver arrested for suspected DUI. Costa Mesa did a little better on March 29: three DUI-related arrests from 337 vehicles that came through, according to cops. The police have moved on to another area with a higher death rate – distracted driving. All police agencies, including the CHP, here in California, are participating in a zero tolerance citation policy for those using electronics or otherwise being distracted while driving during the month of April.
have learned that the Santa Ana Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint on Friday, April 5th, 2013. It will begin at 8:00PM and is scheduled to conclude at 2:00AM. It will be conducted in the area of 300 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, CA.
have learned that no arrests were made at a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint set up in Newport Beach Friday night and Saturday morning, a police official reported Monday.
Police said 1,513 cars passed through the checkpoint at Newport Boulevard and Finley Avenue. No arrests were made for drunk driving, but 12 citations were handed out for various violations and 21 drivers were screened, according to Newport Beach police spokeswoman Kathy Lowe.
have learned that the Irvine Police Department conducted a sobriety checkpoint during the evening hours on Saturday, March 16, 2013. The checkpoint was located at Jamboree Road and Barranca Parkway in the City of Irvine. As part of a DUI Checkpoint grant awarded by the Office of Traffic Safety, the purpose of the checkpoint was to deter impaired driving and remove impaired drivers from the roadway.
This checkpoint was staffed by sworn officers and professional staff of the Irvine Police Department as well as community volunteers. Funding was provided through a grant awarded to the City of Irvine by the California Office of Traffic Safety.
No significant traffic delays were encountered as a result of the checkpoint.
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Newport Beach Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on Friday, March 22, 2013 at Newport Boulevard and Finley Avenue between the hours of 8:30 p.m. to 3:00 am., and if you need the assistance of our Orange County DUI Lawyers, call toll free at (877) 568-2977.
Our Orange County DUI Lawyers have learned that The Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s DUI Task Force will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on Friday March 15, 2013 in the City of San Clemente from 6:00 pm to 2:00 am.