The Irvine Police Department will post a sobriety checkpoint in the area of Culver Drive and Barranca Parkway tonight from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
“The checkpoint will be clearly marked and vehicles will be selected for further screening on a pre-set basis to ensure objectivity,” states an Irvine PD news release. “Motorists will be greeted and given information about the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Trained officers will direct suspected impaired drivers to a secondary area for further evaluation. Most motorists will experience little or no delay.”
In addition, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) will conduct bike and pedestrian safety enforcement operations in San Juan Capistrano on Saturday, June 1, and in Dana Point on Monday, June 3.
On those days, Sheriff’s Deputies will pay extra attention to drivers that speed, make illegal turns, fail to stop for signs and signals, and don’t yield to pedestrians in crosswalks. They’ll also watch for pedestrians and bicycle riders who don’t follow the rules of the road.
“Bicycle and pedestrian fatalities are rising in California as more people use these non-motorized means of transportation,” states an OCSD news release. “Locally, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department has investigated 759 fatal and injury collisions involving pedestrians and bicyclists during the past three (3) years. In 2013, California witnessed 701 pedestrians and 141 bicyclists killed, accounting for more than 28 percent of all traffic fatalities.”
Funding for all these enforcement operations comes from the California Office of Traffic Safety.
Anthony Pignataro has been a journalist since 1996. He spent a dozen years as Editor of MauiTime, the last alt weekly in Hawaii. He also wrote three trashy novels about Maui, which were published by Event Horizon Press. But he got his start at OC Weekly, and returned to the paper in 2019 as a Staff Writer.