The Santa Ana Police Department will set up a DUI / Driver’s License checkpoint tonight (that’s Friday July 19), the Santa Ana Police Department announced on July 18. The checkpoint will start at 9 p.m. and will remain active until 2:30 a.m. Santa Ana PD will place the checkpoint near 400 N. Fairview St. in Santa Ana.
Santa Ana PD also insists that this checkpoint will not be part of any immigration operation.
“This operation is NOT connected to any immigration enforcement action,” states the Santa Ana PD’s news release. “Given Santa Ana’s Sanctuary City designation, as defined in Santa Ana Ordinance NS-2908, the ordinance prohibits members of the Santa Ana Police Department from engaging in any immigration enforcement within the City limits. Public safety requires community partnerships, and engaging in immigration enforcement operations erodes the trust necessary to provide effective public safety
services in our City.”
Santa Ana PD says that the checkpoint will be “conducted in accordance with the guidelines for DUI checkpoint operations outlined in the California Supreme Court decision, Ingersoll v. Palmer.” Grant funding for the checkpoint comes 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.