Heads up: the Anaheim Police Department Traffic Unit will conduct a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint tonight (Friday, June 21) near the intersection of Beach Boulevard and Ball Road at between 8 p.m. and 3 a.m. DUI convictions can bring jail time, classes, and $10,000 in fines and fees.
“Officers will be delaying motorists only shortly as they look for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment and check for proper licensing,” states a June 19 Anaheim PD news release . “When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving, which now accounts for a growing number of impaired driving crashes.”
There were 1,120 DUI-related fatalities in California in 2017 (the most recent figure I could find), according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Nationally, there were 10,874 DUI-related deaths in 2017, according to NHTSA.
“Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized DUI checkpoints and proactive DUI patrols are conducted routinely,” states the Anaheim PD news release. “DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests, affording the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public.”
The checkpoint is funded through a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, which is administered through NHTSA.
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.