Newport Beach Cops Host Rare Thursday DUI Checkpoint Tonight

Don't drink like a fish in Newport Beach tonight.
Don't drink like a fish in Newport Beach tonight.
Illustration by Jay Brockman

A rare Thursday DUI/drivers license checkpoint will be held tonight.

Where?

Newport Beach.

Where in Newport Beach?

Beats me.

The NBPD Traffic Unit  is not disclosing the location within the city limits of the operation that runs from 8 p.m. through 2 a.m. Friday.

But a reason for the checkpoint is being revealed, as police Sgt. Rachel Johnson explains that three people have died and 157 people have been injured in 115 DUI crashes in the past three years in Newport Beach. 

Johnson's department advises those visiting the town's legendary watering holes use Uber, Lyft, Curb or the California Office of Traffic Safety’s DDVIP apps to get rides home. Otherwise, those caught driving legally drunk or drugged face the risk of arrest, jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses and embarrassment when friends and family find out.

Checkpoint funding comes from California Office of Traffic Safety grants, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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