Newport Beach DUI Checkpoint announced
The Newport Beach Police Department wants to get the word out, and announced a drunk driving checkpoint for tonight, December 23, 2016. The timing of the checkpoint are set for between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m.. According to the press release, they are especially focusing on drug DUI cases, as well as valid driver’s licenses.
As one of a number of Orange County DUI Checkpoints scheduled for the holidays, the checkpoint will be somewhere in the City of Newport Beach city limits. It was not noted by the NBPD how the expected heavy rainfall tonight will affect the checkpoint operations.
If past locations are any indication, it is most likely (1) off Jamboree Road near Santa Barbara Avenue, next to Fashion Island, or (2) off Newport Boulevard, coming up to the beginning off the 55 Freeway, out of the Balboa Peninsula. Of course, the Newport Beach DUI checkpoint could be anywhere.
You can read the full press release from the Newport Beach Police Department here: http://www.nbpd.org/civica/press/display.asp?layout=12&Entry=605
As stated, “Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment with officers checking drivers for proper licensing delaying motorists only momentarily. When possible, officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving, which now accounts for a growing number of impaired driving crashes.”
Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000, not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out, or the effect of a DUI conviction on your career or license.
Funding for this checkpoint is provided to the Newport Beach Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Those grants can represent a substantial amount of money to individual officers, as they usually go towards officer overtime.
As we have stated before, DUI Checkpoints don’t work. They tend to be more about the money than about traffic safety, as they are not very effective in apprehending drunk drivers. If you have questions about DUI checkpoints, or need an Orange County DUI Lawyer, contact our firm today.
DUI Checkpoints in Anaheim, Irvine, La Habra, and Santa Ana
DUI Checkpoints in Anaheim, Irvine, La Habra, and Santa Ana announced by law enforcement for this weekend as follows:
Anaheim DUI Checkpoint:
The Anaheim Police Department is calling their checkpoint tomorrow a DUI/drivers license checkpoint, and it will take place in the area of Magnolia and Crescent avenues from 8:00 p.m. tonight, July 22, 2016, through 3 a.m. Saturday.
Irvine DUI Checkpoint:
The DUI checkpoint in Irvine will be conducted Friday, July 22, 2016, from 8:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. in the area of Jamboree Road and Michelson Drive, as announced by the Irvine Police Department Irvine DUI Arrest Force.
La Habra DUI Checkpoint
The La Habra Police Department announced a DUI checkpoint tonight (July 22nd, 2016) in the City of La Habra, from 9:45pm to 3:00 p.m., at an undisclosed location.
Santa Ana DUI Checkpoint
The Santa Ana Police Department DUI checkpoint starts tonight, July 22, 2016, at 9:30 p.m. and runs through 2:30 a.m. Saturday, in the 500 block of West Warner Avenue in the City of Santa Ana. (Note that the press release linked says that the Santa Ana police are “STEPING” up law enforcement in Santa Ana for DUI checkpoints.
We have written about and noted how DUI Checkpoints don’t work. They are not effective at anything but spending grant money, but since all the funding from the State and Federal government rewards DUI checkpoints, instead of the more effective Saturation Patrols, the DUI checkpoints continue.
Are DUI Checkpoints legal? Yes, as long as they adhere to certain legal requirements. The Ingersoll decision requires that there be advance notice and a plan that is non discriminatory in checking for persons that might be driving under the influence.
If you’re interested in what happens once convicted of a DUI, whether in an Orange County DUI Checkpoints or otherwise, find out how much a first time DUI can cost.
OC DUI Checkpoints Christmas 2015
A number of OC DUI checkpoints for the Christmas holiday have been announced.
Tustin DUI Checkpoint
The Tustin Police Department announced a DUI checkpoint from 8pm on Friday December 18th through 3 a.m. Saturday the 19th somewhere in the city, according to Orange County Law Enforcement Officials.
Garden Grove DUI Checkpoint.
The Garden Grove Police Department operation runs somewhere in that city from on Friday December 18th through 3 a.m. Saturday the 19th—with a repeat performance somewhere else in that city during the same time period Saturday night through Sunday morning, according to Lt. Robert Bogue.
Newport Beach DUI Checkpoint
From the Newport Beach Police Department, the NBPD announced a DUI checkpoint for Wednesday the 23rd.
Orange County DUI Patrols
Orange County police agencies are also holding extra patrols targeting drunken drivers. More effective, by far, than DUI checkpoints, these “saturation patrols,” assign officers to specific streets known for DUI arrests, crashes and fatalities and look for behavior indicating drunk driving.
The Garden Grove Police Department announced its saturation patrols will begin on Christmas Eve—Dec. 24—and continue nightly through Jan. 2.
These special DUI operations are funded by California Office of Traffic Safety grants, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which mean generous funding for various police departments.
For more on why OC DUI checkpoints don’t work and don’t keep the public safer, see my article on why DUI checkpoints are a bad idea. You may be very surprised on the real reasons behind DUI checkpoints.
Be safe, and happy holidays. Call our Orange County DUI Lawyers anytime, at (877) 942-3090, if you find yourself in trouble.
Garden Grove DUI Checkpoints and Enforcement are Rising
The Garden Grove Police Department is receiving a grant of $259,000 from California this fiscal year to beef-up driving under the influence enforcement.
The grant comes from the state’s Office of Traffic Safety and will allow Garden Grove to afford the costs of DUI checkpoints in Garden Grove, to stop people from driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Certain police officers will also receive training in how to check people for sobriety. That means more Orange County DUI Checkpoints coming up this year and in 2016.
Are Orange County DUI Checkpoints Legal?
As most people know, DUI checkpoints are roadblocks that law enforcement officers set up on roads for the purpose of catching people driving under the influence of alcohol. Some of us also think they are used to generate revenue for police departments and the State since the Orange County DUI arrests and other detentions often result in citizens being slapped with minor offenses. Of course, civil asset forfeiture laws allow the police to seize vehicles and share impound fees between the police and has been implemented during these stops as well.
Twelve states do not conduct sobriety checkpoints because they prohibit them by state law:
- Rhode Island,
- Wisconsin, and
In order for the checkpoints to be Constitutional there must be clear guidelines that are carefully followed by the legal authorities. Additionally, the Court has left it up to each individual state to develop these guidelines. In California, for example, the state supreme court has held that the decisions about where to set up sobriety checkpoints and about which cars to stop (i.e. every car, every sixth car, etc) must be made by supervisors prior to officers setting up the checkpoints. The sites selected should be in areas that have a high incidence of drunk driving and the length of each stop should be minimized. (source)
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