Orange County DUI Checkpoints June 14, 2019

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Orange County DUI Checkpoints June 14, 2019

Orange County DUI Checkpoints June 14, 2019
Orange County law enforcement have a number of DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols planned for this weekend.  Remember that you should avoid the long waits and traffic tie-ups from DUI checkpoints, but also can avoid being arrested for DUI in Orange County at a DUI checkpoint by doing any one of the following:

Unfortunately, the statistics show that DUI checkpoints are a bad idea, and do not work to keep drunk drivers off the road, especially when compared to the much much more effective saturation patrols. Even the police admit as much.  Consider the following comment from a police officer from social media:

“Cop here! DUI checkpoints are not about catching drunk drivers.  DUI checkpoints are a dog and pony show… their sole purpose is to be public events, that is why they must be announced ahead of time by law.  It’s long been known in the law enforcement community that the best way to “fight” drunk driving is by saturation patrols, or, cars that do nothing but hunt/respond to drunk drivers.  Feel free to make this as public as possible.”


The following are the DUI Checkpoints in Orange County announced for this weekend:

Stanton DUI Checkpoint
One of the Orange County DUI Checkpoints is the Stanton DUI Checkpoint. That checkpoint is scheduled from 7:00 pm to 3:00 am within the City of Stanton.  This DUI checkpoint is operated by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, who state the following:

“DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests. Deputies will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment, with deputies checking drivers for proper licensing. The Sheriff’s Department reminds drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” If you take prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, you might be impaired enough to get a DUI. Marijuana can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs, and can result in a DUI.”


According to California DUI case law, DUI checkpoints are legal in California. Checkpoints have to meet certain strict criteria, including advance publicity, which is how we find out about DUI checkpoints in Orange County.

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DUI Checkpoints for Orange County December 4-6

DUI Checkpoints for Orange County December 4-6

DUI checkpoints in Orange County have been announced. Orange County law enforcement is on high alert for drivers that might be DUI during December.

Orange County DUI Checkpoing

This weekend there are Orange County DUI checkpoints, including in Santa Ana and the City of Orange, and Saturation Patrols through the Orange County Sheriff’s Department in the cities of Villa Park, Yorba Linda, and Stanton.

The City of Santa Ana‘s DUI Checkpoint is from 9pm to 3am tonight/tomorrow morning (Friday, December 4th, 2015), on Fairview, between First Street and 5th street.

The City of Orange DUI Checkpoint is from 8pm to 3am tonight/tomorrow morning (Friday, December 4th, 2015), although the press release from the City of Orange did not list the location.

Saturation patrols (where trained officers drive around looking for clues that someone might be driving under the influence), and DUI checkpoints, are common throughout the month, and are funded by State and Federal DUI grants.

Before a sobriety checkpoint can be considered ‘legal’, it must not only be constitutional at the federal level, it must be at the state level as well . 11 states currently prohibit sobriety checkpoints within their boundaries.

Are DUI checkpoints in Orange County legal?

Regarding DUI Checkpoints for Orange County, under the California Ingersoll decision, and decisions of both the United States  Supreme Court and courts in California, the following standards must be met:

  • the criteria for stopping motorists must be neutral, and not based upon officer discretion only;
  • adequate safety precautions must be taken;
  • the checkpoint’s time and duration should reflect “good judgment”;
  • officers must make a written plan of operations;
  • the checkpoint must exhibit sufficient indicia of its official nature;
  • drivers should be detained a minimal amount of time; and
  • roadblocks must be publicly notified to the public in advance.

Once at a DUI checkpoint, drivers can be detained to ask questions, and separate probable cause has to be established for a breath or blood test, which is technically a search of the body, requiring either sufficient probable cause or a warrant.