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.
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 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.
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.
ANOTHER BIG YEAR
Yesterday the Costa Mesa Police Department announced awards received by members of the department at the 26th Annual Mother’s Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Recognition Luncheon held at the Richard M. Nixon Library in Yorba Linda on March 7th.
COSTA MESA’S STELLAR PERFORMANCE
One of the highlights of the luncheon was the presentation of Century Awards to officers who have tallied 100 or more DUI arrests during 2012. Of the 21 recipients from nine different law enforcement agencies to receive this prestigious award, one-third – 7 officers – were from Costa Mesa.
KHA BAO LEADS THE PACK
Leading the way in Costa Mesa again was Officer Kha Bao with 206 arrests. He was one of only two to receive the Double Century Award – 200 or more arrests. You’ll recall that Officer Bao was honored last year for achieving more than 400 arrests.
SIX MORE OVER 100
Other Costa Mesa officers receiving the Century Award were Officer Oscar Reyes (113), Officer Jeff Horn (140), OfficerDarren Wood (113), Officer Tony Yannizzi (110), OfficerCrystal Rodriquez (106) and Officer Erik Rosado (104). These seven officers accounted for 892 DUI arrests last year.
I had an interesting tip sent to me from an anonymous source about Newport Beach DUI arrests
“Entrapment in Newport Beach???? We’ve all enjoyed many nights out in Newport patronizing great establishments…and when you read what I learned below, it may surprise you…
I was in a Super Shuttle van going home from LAX to Newport, and making conversation with a gal from Newport next to me…we were talking about the nightlife in the city…
She said one night she saw some strange activity in a lot somewhere behind Irvine Avenue in Newport. When she got a closer look, she saw Newport police gathered for a sting, and some officers dressed in undercover garments as valet parkers!!!
The police are planting officers as valet parkers at some of the popular drinking establishments around town…most likely the establishments are compelled to comply. When the undercover policeman (valet parker) suspects a person of having consumed alcoholic beverages as they leave an establishment, they radio ahead for police to follow the vehicle and, look for probable cause.
Since the gathering of police was in a lot off Irvine Avenue, they are more than likely targeting places on PCH, like Billy’s at the Beach, Three-Thirty-Three, and Landmark…these places have valet parkers, and more than likely the Peninsula where establishments have valet service.
I support law enforcement, and their efforts to crack down on DUIs, but this encroaches on businesses and may be considered as entrapment….please be super careful and responsible. Take cabs if you are going to enjoy alcoholic beverages around town. Being careless may cost you thousands of dollars, a huge hassle, and special hospitality by Sheriff Sandra Hutchen’s at the Orange County Jail!
I learned that with the $200k DUI grant, Newport police hope to nab at least 150 more DUIs in a year. Each 1st time offender nets the city about $1300 after costs. They make money on fine payers and lose\break even on those who do community service. A few years ago they started targeting young females because they pay the fine more frequently than men. That’s why we saw an upsurge in female DUI and fall in mens.
More recently they focused on morning after arrests…those from 6:30am to 8:00am. The person is pulled over after sleeping like they are told to do, but the BAL continues to rise for 4 hrs after the last drink. Problem here is there are almost no DUI deaths during this period nor any evidence to suggest driving impairment. It all boils down to money.
Even worse, the officers pre-write their stop reports with canned answers to fit a profile. So what actually happened on the roadside is irrelevant because they already wrote it up. The only defense is the camera.”
If you have any information confirming this, please contact our Newport Beach DUI Lawyers at (877) 568-2977. Thanks.
Sobriety Checkpoints are announced for Friday, May 25: in the City of Dana Point (Orange County Sheriff’s Dept.) – starting at 6:00 P.M., and City of Fullerton – starting at 8:00 P.M. Santa Ana Times reports a Santa Ana DUI checkpoint with no further details.
The following police departments have DUI Saturation Patrols scheduled in their respective cities during the Memorial Day Weekend period (Friday – Monday): Anaheim, Brea, Irvine, Laguna Beach, La Habra, Newport Beach, Orange, Placentia, Westminster and the UCI Police Department Sheriff’s deputies will staff extra DUI units in their contract cities supplementing the normal patrol units.
California Highway Patrol Maximum Enforcement Period: CHP will deploy all available officers to the region’s freeways and unincorporated roads beginning 6:00 P.M. Friday through midnight Monday.
Be safe. But if you need an Orange County DUI Lawyer, call me at (877) 568-2977.
- Newport Beach DUI Checkpoint location announced (ocduiblog.com)
- Orange County DUI Checkpoints: Huntington Beach DUI checkpoint (ocduiblog.com)
- Newport Beach receives grant to target DUIs (ocduiblog.com)
Our Newport Beach DUI Lawyers wanted to let you know that the Traffic Division of the Newport Beach Police Department will be conducting a sobriety/driver’s license checkpoint on Friday, April 27, 2012. The location of the checkpoint will be northbound Jamboree Rd. at San Joaquin Hills Dr. The approximate hours of operation will be from 8:00 p.m. until 3:00 am.
The checkpoint location was selected based upon its proximity to bars and restaurants. The film festival, plus good weather, might make this a productive one for them, even though, as I’ve mentioned in the past, DUI checkpoints in Orange County and elsewhere don’t significantly catch many people DUI, or lead to an increase in Orange County DUI arrests.