Slow traffic Friday evenings in Lake Forest and Costa Mesa is nothing new, but part of the delays on two streets in these cities tonight will be caused by sobriety checkpoints. Neither location was announced for the Orange County sheriff's operation in Lake Forest from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday and ... More >>
The Garden Grove Police Department's Traffic Unit is conducting a DUI/drivers license checkpoints from 9 tonight through 3 a.m. Saturday near Brookhurst Street and Garden Grove Boulevard. But wait, there's another one in the city where I do not recall stumbling upon gardens or groves during the sa ... More >>
Ah, with anti-DUI fever hot-hot-hot with Orange County law enforcement this weekend, there even seem to be a couple checkpoints going up earlier than usual. Witness tonight's at Jamboree Road and Santa Barbara Drive in Newport Beach and an undisclosed location in Seal Beach.
See Update No. 3 on Page 2 with arrest totals countywide through the first week of the summer DUI crackdown. Update Nos. 1-2 on the next page are about checkpoints in Placentia and Santa Ana. ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 23, 7:30 A.M.: The Orange County law enforcement mobilization against drugged or drunke ... More >>
See Update No. 3 on Page 2 with results from the first weekend of the "Avoid the 38" campaign against drunken driving through Labor Day, plus Costa Mesa's checkpoint plans. Update Nos. 1 and 2 were on past sobriety stops in Irvine and Seal Beach. ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 16, 8 A.M.: There was a brief lu ... More >>
Tustin is running a DUI/drivers license checkpoint from 7 tonight through 2 a.m. Saturday. That's the same day and start time for DUI saturation patrols in Dana Point, San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano, although those Sheriff's Department operations continue through 3 a.m. Saturday. Neither law ... More >>
Look for orange cones, flashing lights and, if necessary, a ride in Irvine and Garden Grove tonight as police departments in both cities run DUI checkpoints tonight. Over in Laguna Beach, saturation patrols will be deployed Saturday night in areas known for drunken driving arrests, collisions and f ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post on arrest and fatality totals from countywide anti-DUI enforcement over the Fourth of July weekend.ORIGINAL POST, JULY 3, 1:43 P.M.: With the Fourth of July holiday, Orange County can expect DUI checkpoints, saturation patrols and extra officers watching our hi ... More >>
See Update No. 2 at the end of this post with results from the joint Costa Mesa Police Department and California Highway Patrol checkpoint Friday night. Update No. 1 on the next page had Anaheim Police announcing its DUI checkpoint that night.ORIGINAL POST, MAY 24, 8 A.M.: Another long holiday weeke ... More >>
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See the update at the end of this post with the checkpoint results released by Costa Mesa cops.ORIGINAL POST, FEB. 15, 3 P.M.: The Orange County Sheriff's Department is conducting a sobriety checkpoint in Lake Forest starting at 6 tonight, while Costa Mesa kicks in with its own two hours later.Neith ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post with arrest totals from Sunday's Super Bowl DUI crackdown.ORIGINAL POST, FEB. 1, 5:14 P.M.: Behold Super Bowl Sunday: the pageantry, the competition, the entertainment, the parties, the law enforcement officers following around weave-y drivers in a combined eff ... 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 >>
ORIGINAL POST, DEC. 21, 8:56 A.M.: The Costa Mesa and Garden Grove police departments are conducting DUI checkpoints tonight, while one goes up in Huntington Beach Saturday night. None of the agencies is revealing the location of the mandatory motorist stops aimed at removing impaired and unlicensed ... More >>
Anyone taking that weird Laguna Niguel to Costa Mesa route this evening, with an overnight stop before heading on to Garden Grove Saturday night, will want to take extra care as three law enforcement agencies are running sobriety checkpoints in those towns those nights. Tonight's locations are undis ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post about a commenter to our original post being correct about the checkpoint location being in a minority neighborhood and stats from the police department.ORIGINAL POST, NOV. 5, 6:09 A.M.: Sobriety checkpoints: they're not just for weekends and holidays any more. ... More >>
The Costa Mesa Police Department says its running a sobriety checkpoint but--surprise, surprise--as is norm for that particular cop shop, they aren't saying where it will be.So maybe drive around until you find it?They are saying when it will be . . .
Over an 18-day period culminating in Labor Day, 843 people were arrested for driving under the influence, according to Orange County's "Avoid the 38" sobriety task force.That compares with 856 DUI arrests over the same period last year.One person died in a DUI-related crash over the 18 days, compare ... More >>
Labor Day weekend has creeped up, and so has the countywide Labor Day weekend enforcement against boozing drivers on the road.Besides saturation patrols in Orange County's four corners--are there four?--Brea and San Juan Capistrano have DUI checkpoints tonight and Buena Park conducts another Saturda ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post about the Mother's Against Drunk Driving push back and a victim of the Fullerton crash that killed Angels rookie pitcher Nick Adenhart addressing the council. ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 27, 3:29 P.M.: From 12:01 a.m. Friday, Aug. 17 through midnight Friday, Aug. 24, ... More >>
See end of post for details on Fourth of July holiday DUI arrests, injuries and deaths so far, and a new checkpoint announced in Villa Park.ORIGINAL POST, JULY 3, 9:38 A.M.: Orange County law enforcement has big plans for the Fourth of July as it is anticipated fireworks won't be the only thing lit. ... More >>
There's mucho police enforcement going on along Orange County streets, starting tonight with a DUI/drivers license checkpoint in the 8000 block of La Palma Avenue in Buena Park from 7 p.m. through 2 a.m. Saturday. The Garden Grove Police Department holds its own on an undisclosed stretch of that cit ... More >>
UPDATE, APRIL 27, 11:58 A.M.: If you believe sobriety checkpoints cost cities too much for the inconvenience and scant arrests they generate, the Costa Mesa Police Department counters with this: you're wrong.Funded by grants from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway ... 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.
Buena Park holds a sobriety checkpoint tonight, while roving patrol for drunken drivers will be conducted in Laguna Woods, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel and Aliso Viejo.The checkpoint runs from 7 p.m. through 2 a.m. Saturday in the 8000 block of La Palma Avenue.
The Irvine Police Department conducts a sobriety checkpoint from 8 tonight to 1 a.m. Saturday at Culver Drive and Farwell.That's not the only cop show going extra hard at impaired drivers, as the "Avoid the 38" campaign previously announced saturation patrols tonight in Tustin, Anaheim, Laguna Be ... 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 >>
UPDATED, MAY 9, 8:39 A.M.: Besides reporting no significant traffic delays, the Irvine Police Department released the following statistics from Friday night's sobriety checkpoint at Campus Drive and Bridge Road: Vehicles stopped: 545Sobriety tests: 9DUI arrests: 2Citations issued: 10
The Costa Mesa Police Department hopes one good sobriety checkpoint deserves another.From 6 tonight to midnight Thursday, officers will stop vehicles in the 2300 block of Placentia Avenue and check to ensure drivers are licensed and not under the influence of something.Another operation runs from ... More >>
The Buena Park Police Department Traffic Unit conducts a DUI/driver's license checkpoint in front of City Hall at 6650 Beach Boulevard from 7 p.m. tonight until 3 a.m. Saturday.Anaheim police follow up with a checkpoint operation of their own farther up Beach, at the Ball Road intersection, from ... More >>
It's beginning to look a lot like a DUI enforcement weekend, as roving patrols and at least two sobriety checkpoints are scheduled.Meanwhile, Irvine police are warning drivers to be extra cautious around the weekend Persian New Year celebrations at Mason Park.But, before we get to the mean street ... More >>
I know what you're thinking: to avoid Santa Ana's Saturday night DUI checkpoint, you'll avoid your usual Arts District watering holes and get your booze on in neighboring Costa Mesa.Sorry to harsh your inebriation, Sir-Drink-Alot, but Goat Hill cops are also manning a sobriety stop Saturday night ... More >>
If you're thinking of snaking through Garden Grove to avoid Anaheim's DUI checkpoint Saturday night (or vice versa) think again: Police from both towns will be stopping cars in search of unlicensed drivers and drunks behind the wheel.First up is Anaheim, at 100 E. Lincoln Ave. between the hours o ... More >>
Update, December 17, 2:46 p.m.: Irvine Police announce a DUI checkpoint for Saturday night (weather permitting). Details on next page.Update, December 17, 12:11 p.m.: Two more DUI checkpoints will be held tonight, in Seal Beach and Huntington Beach.The Seal Beach operation runs from 6 tonight ... More >>
There will be a DUI checkpoint from 6 tonight to 2 a.m. Saturday within Long Beach's South Patrol Division, which includes Anaheim Street to the ocean and from Cherry Avenue to the western edge of the city.Costa Mesa holds the first of two DUI checkpoints this month from 7 p.m. Saturday to 1 a. ... More >>
The first of four DUI/drivers license checkpoints conducted by the Garden Grove Police Department is tonight at 13201 Magnolia St.The operation begins at 9 p.m. and continues until 3 a.m. Saturday.The goal, says the department, is to reduce the number of people killed and injured in alcohol-invol ... More >>
CORRECTION: Goddamn Mayan calendar! Uh, the first of two DUI/Drivers License checkpoints over the next four days will be held from 6 to 11 tonight--as in TONIGHT, Sept. 16.The boys and girls in blue will be at Harbor Boulevard and--jeebus chrysanthemum--Gisler Avenue!?! That be waaaaay too close ... More >>
Sobriety checkpoints: They aren't just for weekends anymore.That's right, rummies, Costa Mesa Police have chosen tonight to hold a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint.Find out the times and intersection to avoid after the jump . . .
The Cypress Police Department conducts a DUI and driver's license checkpoint from 8 p.m. Saturday to 3 a.m. Sunday.Perhaps feeling a bit saucy, the cop shop isn't disclosing the location of that checkpoint, which could feature sights like this on the right if boozy drivers are ordered out of thei ... More >>
Don't be surprised if Isaac Robert Longo becomes a poster child for the evils of driving while high by forces girding to defeat marijuana legalization in California this November.After all, the 33-year-old Placentia man smoked pot before causing a five-car pileup on the 55 freeway in November 200 ... More >>
In case you saw our warning about all the DUI checkpoints and "saturation" patrols that smothered Orange County over the Fourth of July weekend and thought to yourself, "I'll just wait a weekend to get my drink on and drive," think again, Tipsy.The Fullerton and Garden Grove police departments ar ... More >>
UPDATED: Huntington Beach police hold a sobriety checkpoint Saturday night (details below) . . . Orange County DUI AttorneySteadyThe Orange County Sheriff's Department conducts a DUI/driver's license checkpoint in San Clemente from 6 tonight until 2 a.m. Saturday.
Three vehicles were impounded, three people were cited for driving with suspended or revoked licenses and one unlicensed driver was cited in a police sting outside Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach Monday.Between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., undercover Costa Mesa police officers followed 16 offenders ... More >>
In the weeks leading up to and including New Year's Day, Navel Gazing carried several posts warning of DUI checkpoints set up all over Orange County. The multi-agency 2009 Winter Holiday Mobilization operation, which was made possible through a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety a ... More >>
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