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Orange County DUI Checkpoints results in seven arrests

Orange County DUI Checkpoints result in seven arrests

Orange County DUI checkpoints are common during the holiday season.  A recent Orange County DUI Checkpoint resulted in seven arrests. Out of over 5,700 drivers that went through DUI checkpoints in two cities this weekend, seven people suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs were arrested during DUI checkpoints in Huntington Beach and Costa Mesa, both on Friday night, according to press releases from the respective police departments.

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Of the 3,252 vehicles that passed through the Costa Mesa checkpoint on Harbor Boulevard at Flower Street between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m., 289 vehicles were selected for screening. Eighteen DUI investigations were performed, four drivers were arrested for drunken driving and six were cited or arrested for driving without a license. The checkpoint was conducted by Costa Mesa Police Department jointly with the California Highway Patrol.

Huntington Beach police arrested one driver for drunken driving and two more for driving under the influence of drugs. The Huntington Beach checkpoint screened 883 of the 2,535 vehicles that passed through the checkpoint at Beach Boulevard and Speer avenue between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m.

Five field sobriety tests were given, five citations were issued for driving without a license and another five arrests were made for outstanding warrants, according to the Huntington Beach news release. That means that Orange County DUI Checkpoints result in seven arrests.

Huntington Beach Police Department expects to conduct another checkpoint in the near future, and Newport Beach has a DUI checkpoint scheduled for Wednesday, December 21st.

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OC DUI Checkpoints Christmas 2015

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.

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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.

Orange County DUI Checkpoints announced for November 20-22

Orange County DUI Checkpoints announced for November 20-22.

Our Orange County DUI Lawyers have learned from law enforcement about the Orange County DUI Checkpoints announced for November 20-22 (the weekend of November 20-22, 2015).

Police Departments all over issue press releases because they want to get the word out. so feel free to share this information to help others.

Orange County DUI Checkpoints

In Anaheim, there will be a DUI checkpoint from 8pm To 2:30am – on Nov 20, 2015, at West Ball Road at South Brookhurst Street.

In the City of Irvine there will be an Irvine DUI Checkpoint from 8pm To 2am on Nov 20, 2015 at Bake Parkway at Rockfield. Irvine is particularly aggressive about arresting people for Irvine DUI cases, and the Irvine Police Department has a DUI task force for this purpose.

Seal Beach has a Checkpoint looking for Drunk Drivers on Pacific Coast Highway at First Street from 6pm To 3am  on Fri Nov 20, 2015.

Orange has a Drunk Driving Checkpoint from 9pm To 3am on November 20, 2015, at East Katella Avenue and North California Street.

The Santa Ana DUI Checkpoint is scheduled for November 21st (Saturday) from 9pm To 3am, and is located at West First Street and North Townsend Street in the City of Santa Ana.

In addition to the specific locations above, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department will have saturation patrols (specially trained officers, driving and looking for those driving drunk), patrolling the cities of Lake Forest, Mission Viejo and Rancho Santa Margarita. Statistically, this method is much more effective than DUI checkpoints, in Orange County and elsewhere.

Outside of the county, there are also DUI Checkpoints planned in Long Beach (on November 21), Pasadena (Nov. 20),  and Topanga Canyon on November 20th.

WHY DOES LAW ENFORCEMENT HAVE ORANGE COUNTY DUI CHECKPOINTS?

DUI Checkpoints are even admitted by law enforcement to be less effective than other means of removing drunk drivers from the road. But, even though DUI checkpoints don’t work, police state they had a deterrent effect preventing people from driving in the first place.  The truth is that funding in grants from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), MADD, and the Federal Government ensure DUI checkpoints are used first before other measures.

ARE DUI CHECKPOINTS LEGAL?

The US Supreme Court, as well as the law in California, makes DUI checkpoints legal, as long as they follow certain criteria, including:

  • Decision making by supervisors: This is important to ensure that checkpoints aren’t set up in “arbitrary and capricious” locations. The court didn’t say so, but we’re guessing they wanted to avoid any accusations of racial profiling.
  • Limits on discretion of field officers: The theme of distrust of the officer continues. Strict procedures and a random selection of drivers according to a preset pattern (every third driver, for example) are suggested to avoid abuse.
  • Maintenance of safety conditions: We’re not sure how it applies to constitutionality, but the court wanted lots of bright lights and signs.
  • Reasonable location: The location should be based on relevant factors, such as areas with high incidences of DUI or DUI accidents.
  • Time and duration: There are no hard and fast rules, but the timing should be set to optimize the effectiveness of the checkpoint. In other words, put ’em up when the drunks are out.
  • Indicia of official nature of roadblock: This is more babble about bright lights and warning signs. They do mention that the lights and signage should be visible for the sake of notification to the drivers. Drivers also can’t be pulled over for avoiding the checkpoint, unless they violate a law to do so.
  • Length and nature of detention: The time of the stop should be minimized as to infringe on a person’s rights as little as possible. That means peek at the eyes, smell for booze, and look for cans. If there are no signs of intoxication, the driver should be let go. If they look or smell drunk, field sobriety tests are appropriate.
  • Advance publicity: Ingersoll was in favor of advance publicity. It referred to the deterrent effect and stated that the notice minimizes intrusiveness to a person’s rights. In 1993, the court in People v. Banks stated that publicity was not a requirement, but it certainly helps.

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Orange County DUI Checkpoints Memorial Day 2015 edition

Orange County DUI Checkpoints Memorial Day 2015 edition

Here’s the DUI checkpoint information for this weekend.

Laguna Beach, California is having a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint set for Sunday, May 24th, from 8:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m., and roving DUI Saturation Patrols all over the city on Friday, May 22nd, from 9:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m..

The Santa Ana, California Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint on Friday, May 22nd, 2015. It will begin at 9:00PM and is scheduled to conclude at 3:00AM. It will be conducted in the area of 1400 S. Bristol Street, Santa Ana, CA.

Police in Irvine, California will be holding an Irvine DUI Checkpoint on Saturday, May 23, 2015 within that city, on northbound Jeffrey Road at Irvine Center Drive.

The Anaheim, California City Police will be conducting a Memorial Day weekend of anti-DUI enforcement, beginning with a checkpoint from 8 tonight through 3 a.m. Saturday. at Lincoln Avenue at Anaheim Boulevard, along with DUI Saturation Patrols throughout the weekend.

Also, tonight in Tustin, California, there will be a DUI checkpoint at an undisclosed location.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department, CA has also announced that there will be DUI Saturation Patrols in Rancho Santa Margarita, California,Lake Forest, California, and in Mission Viejo on Saturday May 23 and Sunday May 24, 2015.

That’s the Orange County DUI Checkpoints Memorial Day 2015 edition summary, but more may be coming as Memorial Day weekend patrols and checkpoints are finalized. And of course, stay safe.

WHY DOES LAW ENFORCEMENT HAVE ORANGE COUNTY DUI CHECKPOINTS?

DUI Checkpoints are even admitted by law enforcement to be less effective than other means of removing drunk drivers from the road. But, even though DUI checkpoints don’t work, police state they had a deterrent effect preventing people from driving in the first place.  The truth is that funding in grants from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), MADD, and the Federal Government ensure DUI checkpoints are used first before other measures.

ARE DUI CHECKPOINTS LEGAL?

The US Supreme Court, as well as the law in California, makes DUI checkpoints legal, as long as they follow certain criteria, including:

  • Decision making by supervisors: This is important to ensure that checkpoints aren’t set up in “arbitrary and capricious” locations. The court didn’t say so, but we’re guessing they wanted to avoid any accusations of racial profiling.
  • Limits on discretion of field officers: The theme of distrust of the officer continues. Strict procedures and a random selection of drivers according to a preset pattern (every third driver, for example) are suggested to avoid abuse.
  • Maintenance of safety conditions: We’re not sure how it applies to constitutionality, but the court wanted lots of bright lights and signs.
  • Reasonable location: The location should be based on relevant factors, such as areas with high incidences of DUI or DUI accidents.
  • Time and duration: There are no hard and fast rules, but the timing should be set to optimize the effectiveness of the checkpoint. In other words, put ’em up when the drunks are out.
  • Indicia of official nature of roadblock: This is more babble about bright lights and warning signs. They do mention that the lights and signage should be visible for the sake of notification to the drivers. Drivers also can’t be pulled over for avoiding the checkpoint, unless they violate a law to do so.
  • Length and nature of detention: The time of the stop should be minimized as to infringe on a person’s rights as little as possible. That means peek at the eyes, smell for booze, and look for cans. If there are no signs of intoxication, the driver should be let go. If they look or smell drunk, field sobriety tests are appropriate.
  • Advance publicity: Ingersoll was in favor of advance publicity. It referred to the deterrent effect and stated that the notice minimizes intrusiveness to a person’s rights. In 1993, the court in People v. Banks stated that publicity was not a requirement, but it certainly helps.

Contact us now – Let’s Get Started.

Don’t delay contacting us.  We can start you on a plan of action today that will help your court date later. The DMV needs action within 10 days of your arrest.  Contact us today.