Back-to-back DUI checkpoints are up in Orange County tonight and tomorrow night thanks to the Anaheim and Irvine police department.
The Anaheim operation starts at 8 tonight and continues through 3 a.m. near Euclid Street and La Palma Avenue.
Irvine’s sobriety stop begins at 8 p.m. Saturday and runs until 2 a.m. in the area of Culver Drive and Irvine Boulevard.
The Anaheim Police Department wants you to remember this number: 10,000. That’s how many dollars drunken drivers stopped by cops can expect to pay in fines, fees, lost work, DUI classes and other expenses. (Not to mention possible jail time and the embarrassment when family, friends and co-workers find out.)
The Irvine Police Department points to the number 20. That’s the percentage reduction of drunken-driving fatalities thanks to high-visibility enforcement such as checkpoints, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) research has shown.
Funding for each department’s checkpoint comes from California Office of Traffic Safety grants, through the NHTSA.
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