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-Drinks-a-Lot, but Goat Hill cops are also manning a sobriety stop Saturday night.
The Santa Ana operation runs from 7:30 p.m. Saturday to 1 a.m. Sunday in the 3500 block of West Fifth Street.
Costa Mesa's goes from 6 p.m. Saturday to midnight on Newport Boulevard at 17th Street.
That town's announcement notes Costa Mesa was ranked 20th on the 2008 list of “Top 50 DUI Cities” in California, which is based on the number of alcohol-related fatalities and injuries. Also, eight of Costa Mesa's drunken-driving enforcement-team police officers made at least 100 arrests last year.
Both cities' drunk-tank fillers are weather-permitting and funded by grants from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.