Memorial Weekend Checkpoints: Santa Ana, Tustin, Anaheim TONIGHT; Irvine's is Saturday

UPDATE NO. 2, MAY 22, 12:47 A.M.: Now the Anaheim Police Department is announcing a Memorial Day weekend of anti-DUI enforcement, beginning with a checkpoint from 8 tonight through 3 a.m. Saturday. The location is  …

The sobriety stop will be along Lincoln Avenue at Anaheim Boulevard, according to police Lt. Eric Trapp. His department will then shift to roving “saturation patrols,” where specially assigned officers target areas known for drunken driving arrests, crashes and fatalities. These patrols run from 8 p.m. Saturday through 3 a.m. Sunday, Trapp says. Like the anti-DUI operations by Orange County deputies and cops at city police agencies, funding comes from California Office of Traffic Safety grants, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

And add another from the sheriff: Deputies conduct saturation patrols of their own from 7 tonight through 3 a.m. Saturday in Lake Forest, Mission Viejo and Rancho Santa Margarita, the department announced.

UPDATE NO. 1, MAY 22, 10:46 A.M.: The Irvine Police Department is getting in on the Memorial Day weekend anti-DUI enforcement as it just announced a sobriety checkpoint of its own from 8 p.m. Saturday through 2 a.m. Sunday. It will be in the area of northbound Jeffrey Road at Irvine Center Drive, according to Farrah Emami, the Irvine PD public information officer.

ORIGINAL POST, MAY 22, 6:01 A.M.: Tustin and Santa Ana police officers usher in Memorial Day weekend with DUI/drivers license checkpoints tonight, while Orange County sheriff's deputies pay extra attention to motorcyclists all weekend.

Up first is Tustin's operation from 8 tonight through 3 a.m. Saturday at an undisclosed location within city limits.

The Santa Ana checkpoint goes up at 9 p.m. and stays there through 3 a.m. Saturday in the 1400 block of South Bristol Street.

The sheriff's specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation runs in the county's unincorporated areas and cities that the department patrols under contracts—and on roads frequented by motorcyclists and motorcycle crashes.

“Officers will be looking for violations made by drivers and riders alike that can lead to motorcycle crashes, including driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, speeding, making illegal turns, or any other dangerous infraction,” the department explains. All motorists are also asked to watch out for motorcycles, especially when turning and changing lanes.

Funding for the checkpoints and motorcycle program comes from California Office of Traffic Safety grants, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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