Santa Ana Checkpoint in Familiar Spot and Placentia Sends Out Saturation Patrols Tonight

Don't let your driving privileges go up in smoke.
Don't let your driving privileges go up in smoke.
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The Santa Ana Police Department holds a DUI/drivers license checkpoint from 9 tonight through 3 a.m. Saturday in a familiar spot for these operations.

It's the 500 block of West First Street, which is First and Ross-ish, no?

"The primary purpose of a DUI checkpoint is to deter impaired driving, not to increase arrests," reads a police advisory. It also cites DMV data that shows unlicensed drivers are 4.9 times more likely to cause a fatal crash than a licensed driver.

Over in Placentia, extra officers with the DUI Enforcement Team will take part in special saturation patrols that have them looking from drunken or drugged drivers from 6:30 p.m. Friday, through 2:30 a.m. Saturday.

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Funding for both departments' operations come from grants from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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