TONIGHT: Anaheim PD DUI Checkpoint on Beach Blvd.

Don’t drink and drive. Photo: Anaheim PD

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.

11 Replies to “TONIGHT: Anaheim PD DUI Checkpoint on Beach Blvd.”

  1. Can we not advertise DUI check points my job gets worse when people are warned about dui check points that could’ve prevented an accident my line of work unfortunately involves me dealing with the family members of people who get severely injured or killed due to drunk drivers all because of the people posting warnings online and the few idiot kids who stand on the corner with a sign warning people of what lies ahead the more people advertise DUI check points the more people change their routes to avoid them and the more families are crying due to loved ones dying or getting hurt

    1. You do realize that all the DUI checkpoints going up tonight through tomorrow morning are actually partnerships with ICE. They’re all over LA already and it isn’t a holiday weekend. Which is to say there are Waayyy more of them going up than would normally be active on any given Saturday night during the summertime. Make sure you say your final goodbyes to your favorite cooks at any restaurant, your nanny, or housekeeper, etc. They’ll surely be gone in the coming weeks. Any person of color is highly likely to be harassed and possibly shot by the OC/ LA Police. It’s an absolute travesty how these people are being treated, completely inhumane.

    2. DUI Checkpoints are not just about DUI, they also get many other people in trouble. Such as illegal immigrants and people who have to drive unfortunately with something as simple as overdue registration etc. The law states DUI checkpoints must be announced in advance.

  2. Thank you for keeping ours Street safe and drunk drivers off the street I am on the highway thank you for the California highway patrol and as well that Anahiem PD

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