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 to Casa de Clockwork de Mesa de Costa! Oh, well, guess that means an alternate route will be in order to my weekly Pilates and Mai Tais class.
Tonight's checkpoint is brought to you by the Costa Mesa Police Department, which has a second set for 6 to 11 p.m. Monday at Victoria Street and American Avenue.
These intersections were chosen because a number of DUI-related collisions and DUI arrests have occurred at them, so sayeth the force.
Checkpoints, CMPD says, have proven effective in reducing drunken driving tragedies, not only by removing scofflaws from the roads but educating everyone else in the process.
Hell, checkpoints worked for the Nazis. We learned about all sorts of human tragedies during WWII, but not a word about increased drunken driving. And lord knows how those Germans love to drink.
“Traffic volume and weather permitting, all vehicles may be checked and drivers who are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs will be arrested,” vow Costa Mesa's finest. “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.”
Snitching also worked well for the Nazis, after all.
Tonight and Monday's programs were funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Miller's Genuine Draft.
OK, not that last one.