DUI Checkpoints in Santa Ana Tonight and Irvine on Saturday Night

Pie? No. DUI is the point of Irvine’s Saturday night checkpoint. (Facebook.com/IrvinePD)

The Santa Ana Police Department holds a DUI/drivers license checkpoint tonight from 9 p.m. through 2:30 a.m.

The area of 100 North Ross Street is the location.

Meanwhile, the Irvine Police Department conducts a sobriety checkpoint Saturday from 8 p.m. through 2 a.m. in the area of MacArthur and Douglas.

After greeting motorists and giving information about the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, trained officers from both cop shops will direct suspected impaired drivers to secondary areas for further evaluations.

“Most motorists will experience little or no delay,” both agencies promise.

Each department’s checkpoint is funded with separate California Office of Traffic Safety grants.

If you are going to attempt to steer around the Saturday night checkpoint, be aware that the 405 Freeway at Fairview Road in Costa Mesa is scheduled to fully close overnight as part of the $1.5 billion I-405 Improvement Project.

Full freeway closures and overnight closures of the Fairview Road bridge and adjacent freeway ramps and connectors, which are necessary to demolish part of the bridge over the freeway, are scheduled from 10 p.m. to 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday as well as March 16-17, weather permitting.

During both overnight freeway closures, drivers will be detoured off the freeway at the Fairview Road off-ramps and back onto I-405 past the Fairview Road bridge.

Other overnight closures include:

Northbound SR-73 to northbound I-405 connector
Northbound I-405 off-ramps to Susan Street and Harbor Boulevard
Northbound I-405 on-ramp from Fairview Road
Southbound I-405 to southbound SR-73 connector
Southbound I-405 and SR-73 on-ramps from Fairview Road

You are correct: You had better be sober to decipher all that. Up-to-date closure and construction information is available at octa.net/405map.

Matt Coker has been engaging, enraging and entertaining readers of newspapers, magazines and websites for decades. He spent the first 13 years of his career in journalism at daily newspapers before “graduating” to OC Weekly in 1995 as the paper’s first calendar editor. He went on to be managing editor, executive editor and is now senior staff writer.

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