Beware if you’re driving through Stanton tonight: the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) will set up a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint at an undisclosed location somewhere in Stanton between the hours of 7 p.m. and 3 a.m. The Sheriff’s Department decided on this particular (as yet undisclosed) location “based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests,” according to a news statement released on June 12.
The statement continues: “The Sheriff’s Department reminds drivers that ‘DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.’ If you take prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, you might be impaired enough to get a DUI. Marijuana can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs, and can result in a DUI. In 2017, 1,120 people were killed in alcohol-involved crashes on California roads.”
Those charged with DUIs can expect $13,500 in fines, fees, and additional costs attributed to license suspensions and DUI classes, as well as incarceration, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
For undocumented immigrants stopped at the checkpoint, the consequences could be far worse. In January, the Orange County Register reported that the OCSD was still turning over undocumented immigrants it pulled over for matters like DUI to ICE.
In any case, funding for the checkpoint comes from a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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.