Costa Mesa to Stop Announcing Sobriety Checkpoint Locations

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If you're going to be drinking and driving in or around Costa Mesa in the future, you may want to proceed with even further caution than was already necessary. The city will continue to announce when it will have sobriety checkpoints, but it will no longer announce the location.

In the Daily Pilot report, a Costa Mesa police sergeant said that the purpose of withholding the location is to prevent potential drunk drivers from simply avoiding the location in order to prevent being arrested. The hope is that by withholding the location, it will further prevent people from taking the risk of driving while intoxicated.

The new secret location approach will begin this coming Monday. 

The checkpoints usually run from 6 p.m. to midnight, which is an aspect that city hall has been critical of, in particular, Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer. According to the Daily Pilot report, Righeimer is critical of the timing because he feels it was "chose for the end of a shift to give police officers extra overtime pay, which is paid for by the federal government."

The last time the Weekly passed through a DUI checkpoint, on Adams Ave. heading toward Huntington Beach, there were quite a few cops on hand, most of them hanging around talking around the heat lamp with what appeared a warm beverage in hand.
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Williambennett
Williambennett

I was just reading a bill that was passed by jerry brown stating that the location of a dui checkpoint is to be disclosed 48hrs before the checkpoint is set up. What gives costa mesa the authority to superceede a bill passed by our governor and withhold the location of checkpoints

underarock
underarock

Well you guys are bitching about how it's not legal to place sobriety test up at random places. Did you forget it wasn't legal to drink and drive? If you're tripping out about the location, how 'bout you DON'T drink and drive and that way you won't piss your pants about where they're located, morons.

Jack
Jack

"Drinking and driving is not legal" who let Forrest in?

underarock
underarock

Drinking and driving is not legal.

Sandie_reed
Sandie_reed

Hello ACLU - We need you to take this issue to court. Each PD is to post where and when these DUI Checkpoints will be located. Why is it always City of Costa Mesa that tries to break the laws its protects citizens?

Aa
Aa

why would the checkpoints finish BEFORE the bars close? That doesn't make sense at all. 

WmBlackstone
WmBlackstone

It only makes sense not to announce the locations.  Regular "drunks" tweet the locations to their friends, etc. so they can avoid these checkpoints.  DUIs are frequently repeat offenders and are a danger to everyone on the roads.  It's not amusing.  It's not a "competitive game" to "outwit" the checkpoints.  Actively trying to evade/avoid a DUI checkpoint when you're drunk should be an arrestable offense.

Dave Lieberman
Dave Lieberman

They're not going to announce them, but it should be pretty easy to figure them out: look for places that sounds like "Pie tangle bear".

Newportblue65
Newportblue65

Lets get these wino's off our streets!......

Leon Galliano
Leon Galliano

Checkpoints are not legal…It does not matter the reason, saving lives, protecting children, blah, blah, the Fourth Amendment is not some social good to be balanced against other social goods it is a consitutional categorical prohibition of random searches period. It supersedes the U.S. Supreme court, federal law, state law, executive order and international treaty and is only allowed at points of entry to the country if you don’t like it change the law.The supreme court agrees it voliates the fourth but “Grants” that it is allowed…ok under that ruling then it would be legal to set up checkpoints to “search” for illegal aliens

bryan tippintoez
bryan tippintoez

Is this legal? I mean I want to assume it is, but I could have sworn there were laws which required them to announce the location. Did something change?

julie
julie

we dont piss our pants for drinking and driving because the real reason they put stupid fucken check points is to catch and deport elligal immigrants. that is just fucked upppppp!!!!!!!

Dweezle.Di
Dweezle.Di

Personally, I do not drink at all. I do passionately argue against my guaranteed rights being infringed upon. I am not positive but I believe it was in 1932, when the political party taking control of Germany started slightly changing their Constitution, and many of the Horrors committed by the German National Socialist Party, NAZI are still being discovered.

Dweezle.Di
Dweezle.Di

because they do not really care about arresting drunks, they just want to seize vehicles, and collect overtime, but the number of OT hours are limited, and they want to get the illegal vehicles on the way home from a days work

Dweezle.Di
Dweezle.Di

Actually, from what I have read, a person cannot be stopped for simply avoiding a DUI checkpoint. In fact, they are required to allow a turn around zone. but it is simple, when you see traffic moving really slow, a bunch of bright floodlights, and red & blue lights flashing, most people will understand there is police activity, and turn around and take another route to where you are going.

Coupedeville66
Coupedeville66

 It makes sense, but it's against constitutional rights against random search and seizures.

Evol1
Evol1

Nope.. this is not legal.. they have to publicize where and when these are going to take place. This is just another way for them to waste taxpayer money on wasted police hours...

LawAbidingCitizen
LawAbidingCitizen

"chose for the end of a shift to give police officers extra overtime pay, which is paid for by the federal government." You mean paid by the tax payers... We get fucked one way or the other

Dweezle.Di
Dweezle.Di

sorry to say Julie, the checkpoints do not deport illegals, they just take the cars of ANYONE too poor to pay the costs involved, and sell them to make a profit for the tow company and the Police Departments.

underarock
underarock

Personally, I think you smoke a lot of pot. Comparing DUI check points to Nazi Germany? Are you kidding me?! All I'm saying is, don't drink and drive and you won't have problems.

DanGarion
DanGarion

They don't search unless you let them...

Dweezle.Di
Dweezle.Di

Personally, I think you need to stay under your rock. Not just DUI Checkpoints, have you heard of the Patriot Act? created as a reaction to fear and panic, Allows so many violations of the bill of rights and continues to do so because government finds it "convenient". Perhaps it may sink in when government agents barge in your home at 5am wearing all black to include masks, because some secret person made secret statements implicating you or a family member to something you know nothing about. I do agree, not to drink and drive, I do not drink at all and I have been a designated driver more than once or twice. DUI Checkpoints get very few drunks off the road. and that is the only reason they were created!

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