Post-Thanksgiving DUI Checkpoint THIS SATURDAY in Deepest, Brownest Santa Ana!

Someone put a sombrero on our DUI Sharky, porfas
Someone put a sombrero on our DUI Sharky, porfas
Illustration by Jay BrockmanOC Weekly

Clockwork Coker usually does the DUI checkpoints updates, but since he's busy doing...something, I'll take a crack at 'em. Actually, there's just one this weekend in—surprise, surprise—SanTana.

Again, since I usually don't do them, I can only approach the event from an outsider's perspective. What interests me is where it's placed: right at the edge of the city, on the SanTana-Tustin border in the midst of industrial parks and the 55 Freeway. Seems like a strange part at first: it's far away from DTSA, from Las Vegas Bar, and other spots where you can easily nab drunks. Ah, but that's the trick: the SanTana PD obviously wants to catch a specific type of drunk. Either side of McFadden immediately transforms into apartments chockablock with Mexican and Bolivian immigrants, more than a few of whom are undocumented.

RACISM!!! Anyways, here's the press release—don't drink and drive, gentle cabrones!

SANTA ANA POLICE STEP UP DUI ENFORCEMENT The Santa Ana Police Department will be conducting a DUI / Drivers License checkpoint on Saturday, November 26th, 2016. It will begin at 9:30PM and is scheduled to conclude at 2:30AM. It will be conducted in the area of 1500 E. McFadden Av., in the City of Santa Ana.

The primary purpose of a DUI Checkpoint is to deter impaired driving, not to increase arrests. All too often, members of our community are senselessly injured or killed on local roadways by impaired drivers. This DUI / Drivers License checkpoint is an effort to reduce those tragedies, as well as ensuring drivers have a valid driver’s license. The DMV reports that unlicensed drivers are 4.9 times more likely to cause a fatal crash than a licensed driver.

The checkpoint will be staffed by officers trained in the detection of alcohol and drug impairment to provide on-the-spot assessments of drivers suspected of alcohol or drug impairment. All checkpoints are conducted in accordance with the guidelines for DUI checkpoint operations outlined in the California Supreme Court decision, Ingersoll v. Palmer.

All vehicles may be checked and drivers who are under the influence of alcohol and / or drugs will be arrested. Our objective is to send a clear message to those who are considering driving a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol and / or drugs – Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest. The public is encouraged to help keep roadways safe by calling 911 if they see a suspected impaired driver. Funding for this operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


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