Santa Ana Joins Irvine and Newport Beach in Having DUI Checkpoint TONIGHT

UPDATE, FEB. 20, 5:11 P.M.: This just in: Santa Ana Police will have a checkpoint from 9 tonight through 3 a.m. Saturday in the area of 400 S. Fairview St.


ORIGINAL POST, FEB. 20, 6:02 A.M.: Cops in neighboring Irvine and Newport Beach should make a friendly wager tonight to see whose respective DUI checkpoint removes the most drunks, druggies or drunken druggies off each city's roads.

Both run between the same hours, 8 tonight through 2 a.m. Saturday.

However, while the Irvine Police Department has announced its checkpoint will be in the area of Jeffrey Road and Alton Parkway, the Newport Beach Police Department is not disclosing where its operation will be located.

Bet it rhymes with “skininsula.”

This will be the fourth of 10 DUI checkpoints Irvine conducts through September, according to Farrah Emami, the police spokeswoman.

Oh, besides trying to weed out motorists under the influence of something, officers in both cities will be checking to ensure drivers are properly licensed.

As the Anaheim Police Department previously announced, it is running saturation patrols that put extra units on streets known for drunken driving arrests, crashes and fatalities through the end of the month. That includes between 7 p.m. Saturday through 3 a.m. Sunday.

Anaheim will have saturation patrols between the same hours on Tuesday, Thursday and next Friday and Saturday, Feb. 27-28.

Funding for the operations in all three cities come from California Office of Traffic Safety grants, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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