Some recent sobriety checkpoints in Orange County netted no or very few DUI arrests despite thousands of cars passing through them. Interpret that as you will--they're working or they're unnecessary--not that it matters what you think as more stops are coming, starting tonight in Santa Ana and Gar ... More >>
See the update at the end of page 2 with the date and location of Irvine's DUI checkpoint.ORIGINAL POST, MARCH 15, 10:44 A.M.: Beginning tonight and continuing through early Monday, DUI checkpoints and special patrols will be scattered across Orange County due to the gallons of green beer flowing ov ... More >>
The Garden Grove Police Department is scheduled to hold a DUI/drivers license checkpoint from 9 p.m. Saturday through 3 a.m. Sunday.Your guess is as good as mine as to where exactly vehicles will be stopped as the agency isn't disclosing the location.
Tourists take over beach towns on weekends, so locals know the best time to go out is Thursday night.Guess the cops have figured that out, too.The Newport Beach Police Department is conducting a sobriety checkpoint starting at 8 tonight at . . .
See the update at the end of this post about sheriff's department roving patrols tonight.ORIGINAL POST, JAN. 18, 9:22 A.M.: The Costa Mesa Police Department holds a DUI checkpoint from 8 tonight through 8 a.m. Saturday, which I believe is the longest such operation I've ever reported here.Guess Righ ... More >>
I'm sure glad the Weekly moved from its former HQ in Santa Ana. I'd take Fairview Street south from Civic Center Drive to get home, which means if I worked late tonight and my office was still where it used to be, I'd be cruising through a Santa Ana Police Department DUI checkpoint.Not that we drink ... More >>
The multi-agency "Avoid the 38" Anti-DUI Task Force has released its winter schedule, which includes DUI checkpoints from 7 tonight through 3 a.m. Saturday in Seal Beach, Laguna Hills and Los Alamitos.Exact intersections were not revealed.
If you're driving south tonight--or north from South County--you may want to program your GPS to avoid the cities of Dana Point, San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano.That's because the Orange County Sheriff's Department, which patrols all three, is holding "saturation patrols" from 8 tonight through ... More >>
The Buena Park Police Department is scheduled to hold a drivers license/DUI checkpoint near Beach Boulevard and Stanton Avenue from 7 tonight through 2 a.m. Saturday. The goal is to save lives, reduce accidents and keep drunks off the roads, as the department cites statistics showing a 20 percent dr ... More >>
The Buena Park Police Department is holding a DUI/drivers license checkpoint from 7 tonight to 2 a.m. Saturday in the 8000 block of La Palma.It's just one of several anti-DUI enforcement efforts planned around Orange County through Labor Day (Sept. 3).
You know Anaheim Police have a thing for parolees.This month, cops there are also keeping an eye out especially for unlawful motorcyclists.So, if you are a parolee on a bike . . .
If you're planning on driving drunk along Beach Blvd. in the vicinity of Stanton Ave. tonight and early tomorrow morning, be sure to bring some warm clothes. The Buena Park Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint in the area between 7:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m., ... More >>
The Garden Grove Police Department is holding a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint from 9 tonight through 2 a.m. Saturday.Cops in Costa Mesa hold their own from 8 p.m. Saturday through 2 a.m. Sunday.Neither force is disclosing where it's operation will be held, so SURPRISE!
UPDATE, JUNE 8, 11:11 A.M.: In addition to the sheriff's department's DUI patrols in Lake Forest, Mission Viejo and Ranch Santa Margarita, city police agencies hold sobriety checkpoints tonight in Westminster, Santa Ana and Garden Grove.The Westminster and Garden Grove police departments did not ann ... More >>
To herald the arrival of Stinko de Drinko weekend, the CHP, Garden Grove Police Department and Orange County Sheriff's Department are deploying saturation patrols tonight.Saturation in this case does not define the human pickling that will take place in bars, pubs and house parties across Orange Cou ... More >>
Sloppy roadways should keep you from getting your drinky-winky on before climbing behind the wheel tonight, Friday the 13th. If you're in Garden Grove, here's another reason you and Sailor Jerry should stay inside: Police will saturate the streets like raindrops beginning at 7 tonight. "If you drive ... More >>
The Costa Mesa Police Department is running a DUI checkpoint Saturday night.As is agency policy, the location of the operation is not being released.Wherever it is, it's scheduled to run from 8 p.m. through 2 a.m. Sunday.
UPDATE, FEB. 10, 2:10 P.M.: The Santa Ana Police Department is also holding a DUI/unlicensed driver checkpoint near the 400 block of North Fairview Street from 7:30 p.m. Saturday through 1:30 a.m. Sunday.ORIGINAL POST, FEB. 10, 7:09 A.M.: Citing research that shows sobriety checkpoints are effect ... More >>
UPDATE, FEB. 3, 4:27 P.M.: According to a release this afternoon from the Anaheim Police Department, that agency and 13 others are taking part in the previously announced countywide law enforcement patrols targeting drunken drivers on Super Bowl Sunday. That now makes it an "Avoid the 26" operati ... More >>
Jorene Ypanto Nicolas pleaded not guilty at her arraignment on manslaughter charges Monday despite law enforcement's contention the San Diego 29-year-old's distracted driving caused the death of 23-year-old Deanna Mauer. Inattentive motoring--which can include eating, texting or just not paying ... More >>
The final numbers are in from "Avoid the 38"--as in avoid the 38 Orange County law enforcement agencies that coordinate strategies to take you off the road if you're driving drunk. Over the Winter Holiday DUI Mobilization crackdown that ran Dec. 16-Jan. 1, 836 people were popped for driving under ... More >>
It will either bolster the argument that sobriety checkpoints are working or prop up the side that claims such enforcement operations are unnecessary, but in either event drunken-driving fatalities are down dramatically in California, according to state data. A record low 791 people were killed i ... More >>
The Orange County Sheriff's Department holds DUI roving patrols tonight in Aliso Viejo, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel and Laguna Woods.Deputies will target areas that have a high incidence of DUI-related arrests and collisions, according to a department release.
The Anaheim Police Department is holding a sobriety checkpoint tonight through early Saturday.Meanwhile, the Orange County Sheriff's Department has roving DUI patrols in some of the South County cities it patrols tonight.Check after the jump for the exact locations.
Legend has it that at the end of a toll road that stretches far off over the horizon, there is a magical land the pixies who live there refer to as "Rancho Santa Margarita." And somewhere in this Smurfy berg there is a busy street, inhabited by pixies in pixie-mobiles. At times they get whiffs of ... More >>
Garden Grove Police Department's DUI Enforcement Team is deploying officers for special saturation patrols tonight and Saturday night to crack down on drunken drivers. The Orange County Sheriff's Department is also holding the patrols tonight in Stanton and Villa Park.With saturation patrols, pol ... More >>
Sobriety checkpoint fever heats up tonight in Buena Park and Saturday night in Westminster.Buena Park Police's DUI/drivers license stop will be at the intersection of Stanton Avenue and Beach Boulevard from 7 tonight to 3 a.m. Saturday. Cops there note that over the past three years, DUI collisio ... More >>
The Costa Mesa Police Department no longer discloses the locations before holding DUI checkpoints, but at least the cop shop still informs us when they are happening.Such as the one tonight at 6.The stop in search of unlicensed drivers and those under the influence of drugs or alcohol will contin ... More >>
Orange County's "Avoid the 38" anti-DUI campaign, which involves policing agencies throughout the region, released preliminary figures on arrests made during routine patrols, special patrols of roads frequented by drunken drivers and sobriety checkpoints over 18 summer days.Cautioning that figure ... More >>
If you're getting your drink on in Stanton and/or Villa Park tonight, be advised to have a designated driver along.The Orange County Sheriff's Department this morning announced roving DUI patrols in those contract cities.
UPDATE, JULY 6, 10:38 A.M.: The Avoid the 38 DUI Task Force just released the final numbers from the holiday weekend past's three sobriety checkpoints and multiple DUI saturation patrols countywide.From 12:01 a.m. Friday through midnight Monday, officers representing 38 county law enforcement age ... More >>
UPDATE, JUNE 23, 8:15 A.M.: As a car approached last night's DUI checkpoint at Bristol Street and Randolph Avenue in Costa Mesa, a beer can flew out of a passenger window.The driver was not only cited for allowing an open container in the vehicle, but a passenger was cited and also arrested for h ... More >>
UPDATE, JUNE 14, 3:03 P.M.: The Costa Mesa Police Department reports that 1,467 vehicles passed through the checkpoint it set up at the undisclosed intersection of Bear and Baker streets Monday night, 858 vehicles were screened, three drivers were given field sobriety tests . . . . . . and only o ... More >>
Anaheim holds a sobriety checkpoint from 8 p.m. Saturday to 2:30 a.m. Sunday.The location: beats us.That's because the department is not telling. Cops want to surprise you like it's your birthday. But, if you've been celebrating beforehand with daddy's medicine, it probably isn't a good idea to g ... More >>
UPDATE, APRIL 11, 8:39 A.M.: The Costa Mesa Police Department has released the results of its DUI checkpoint at Newport Boulevard and 17th Street Saturday night:2,127 vehicles through the checkpoint; 611 vehicles screened; 9 drivers given field sobriety tests; 6 DUI suspects arrested; 12 driv ... More >>
Take a cab, plan an alternate route, or get your drink on somewhere else: roving sobriety patrols will be out tonight in Lake Forest, Mission Viejo and Rancho Santa Margarita."These multi-city DUI teams will target areas that have a high incidence of DUI-related arrests and collisions," reads an ... More >>
UPDATE, FEB. 22, 8:18 A.M.: Despite on and off rain, Garden Grove police did operate a sobriety checkpoint Friday night. Police Sgt. Carl Whitney of GGPD's Traffic Division says four drivers were arrested for DUI and 15 vehicles were impounded, with 15 citations doled out to drivers for DUI, bei ... More >>
Buena Park Police Department checks its coverages with a Super Bowl Sunday sobriety checkpoint.Check after the jump for the location and times vehicles will be stopped in an effort to remove the boozed and unlicensed off the roads.
A holiday brought to you by the notorious candy-costume-greeting card cartel presents the perfect opportunity for cops to hold DUI checkpoints and "saturation patrols" all across Orange County."The scariest part of Halloween isn't the spooky costumes and scary pranks," says Sheriff Sandra Hutchen ... More >>
The CEO and founder of Iconosys, a Laguna Hills company that developed a cell phone safety app aimed at combating texting while driving, rolled into Washington, D.C., in a 36-foot motor home today to end his cross-country "TextKills Tour." The University of Denver, Iowa State University, the U ... More >>
Fresh from being rewarded with a wage freeze for maintaining one of the safest communities in America (in exchange for no cop layoffs), Irvine police officers conduct a sobriety/driver's license checkpoint during the Saturday evening hours. That means the men and women in blue on that detail won ... More >>
Brooklyn Museum ArchivesDid somebody order a designated driver?If you're driving in Lake Forest, Mission Viejo or Rancho Santa Margarita today, you may notice more sheriff's patrol cars on the road than usual.And, if you've been drinking:1) What are you doing driving, butt wipe?2) The deputies in ... More >>
Is it news that the Orange County Sheriff's Department will be looking extra hard for drunks behind the wheel tonight, or would it be news if they were not?Either way, the force announced "saturation patrols" will be out there as part of the "Avoid the 38" DUI Task Force, which is funded by the C ... More >>
UPDATE: The Orange County District Attorney's Office this morning stepped up pressure on Toyota, unveiling a consumer complaint hotline, an online complaint form and access to its first civil complaint against the automaker (details after the jump) . . . Courtesy of Elizabeth JamesThis is where Eliz ... More >>
It's DUI checkpoint weekend again.YAY!* Costa Mesa Police Department conducts one, where they will also be doing drivers license checks, from 8 tonight to 2 a.m. Saturday at Bear and Baker streets.* Garden Grove Police Department will also be checking for drunks and unlicensed drivers from 9 p.m. ... More >>
Anaheim is not the only Orange County town launching DUI saturation patrols tonight.
The Anaheim Police Department Traffic Bureau hosts a DUI Sobriety and Driver's License checkpoint from 8 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday somewhere along Magnolia Avenue--and you're all invited.That is, you're invited if you just happen to be driving along the targeted stretch of road. And you're r ... More >>
I know you: knowing that the smokies will be out in force New Year's Eve, you'll get your drink on tonight, thinking you'll avoid the long arm of Johnny Law when you stupidly decide to get behind the wheel after hours of imbibing.Dumb move.The Costa Mesa Police Department is getting a jump on New ... More >>
Penningtron / Flickr / Creative CommonsIf you're driving on Friday or Saturday, skip the candy corn martinis and stick to the virgin blood punch: The OC Sheriff's Department says it'll be cracking down on drunk driving this weekend. The statewide "Avoid the 12" program will be in effect. That mea ... More >>
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