Rain Has Not Washed Away DUI Checkpoints in Tustin, Garden Grove, Newport Beach, Anaheim
UPDATE, DEC. 12, 9:24 A.M.: Lt. Ben Stauffer of the Garden Grove Police Department did get back to Weekly Thursday evening about the weather vs. tonight's scheduled DUI checkpoint: "It will go if the weatherman is wrong. If the weatherman is right, it will turn into a saturation patrol in vehicles throughout the city."
ORIGINAL POST, DEC. 12, 7:03 A.M.: The rain that pounded Orange County today won't stop DUI checkpoints from being conducted tonight in Tustin, Garden Grove and Newport Beach and tomorrow night in Anaheim--at least not as of this writing.
"It is still a go, pending inclement weather," said Jennifer Manzella, the Newport Beach Police Department spokeswoman, of a checkpoint scheduled to run from 8 tonight through 2 a.m. Saturday somewhere within the city limits.
"If needed, we will change to a saturation patrol," said Manzella, referring to the operations that put extra patrol officers on streets known for drunken driving citations, crashes and fatalities.
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Lt. Bob Wright said as of Thursday afternoon the Tustin Police Department's Traffic Unit was still planning to hold its checkpoint at an undisclosed spot in the city from 8 tonight through 3 a.m. Saturday.
Word did not come back at press time from the Garden Grove Police Department, which has a checkpoint planned from 9 tonight through 3 a.m. Saturday somewhere in the city.
The Anaheim Police Department Traffic Detail should have no weather issues when it comes to its checkpoint at Harbor Boulevard and La Palma Avenue from 7 p.m. Saturday through 3 a.m. Sunday. Saturday's forecast calls for partly cloudy skies and only a 10 percent chance of rain.
Meanwhile, Anaheim tonight kicks off a December of saturation patrols through Sunday as well as Dec. 16, 18-20, 23, 27, 30-31--all between 7 p.m. and 3 a.m., Lt. Bob Dunn previously announced.
This post will be updated if any last-minute changes are announced about these weekend operations, which are funded by California Office for Traffic Safety grants to the local departments, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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