[UPDATED with Stats:] Costa Mesa Sobriety Checkpoint Saturday; Garden Grove Reveals Stop Stats and Plans

Categories: DUI-yi-yi
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UPDATE, APRIL 27, 11:58 A.M.: If you believe sobriety checkpoints cost cities too much for the inconvenience and scant arrests they generate, the Costa Mesa Police Department counters with this: you're wrong.

Funded by grants from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, checkpoints save $6 for every $1 spent, claims CMPD, citing NHTSA figures.

Saturday night's operation at Harbor Boulevard and Peterson Place yielded the following:

  • 2,434 vehicles passed through;
  • 298 vehicles were screened;
  • 7 suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol were arrested;
  • 1 suspected of driving under the influence of drugs was arrested;
  • 6 were cited or arrested for allegedly operating a vehicle without a drivers license or a revoked or suspended one;
  • 3 citations were issued;
  • 1 motorist was arrested for an outstanding warrant.

Was it worth it?

UPDATE, APRIL 27, 11:58 A.M.: The Anaheim Police Department announces it will run a DUI/drivers license checkpoint on Lincoln Avenue from 8 tonight through 2 a.m. Saturday.

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ORIGINAL POST, APRIL 27, 8:23 A.M.: The Costa Mesa Police Department is holding a DUI/drivers license checkpoint somewhere in the city from 8 p.m. Saturday through 2 a.m. Sunday. Drivers passing through will be examined for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment, so consider yourself warned, Woody Harrelson.

Getting caught is no joke as motorists brushed with the letters D-U-I can expect jail, license suspensions, insurance increases, fines, fees, mandated DUI classes, court probation and other expenses that could exceed $10,000, warns CMPD.

The city over the past three years has hosted 535 DUI-related collisions that have claimed nine lives and injured 231 people. "We arrested over 2,700 DUI's during those three years," says Traffic Sgt. Greg Scott.

As Costa Mesa gets ready to spread the traffic cones, the Garden Grove Police Department announces its April 14 checkpoint at 12100 Harbor Blvd. resulted in: 1,362 vehicles being screened, four alcohol DUI arrests, one drug DUI arrest, 38 citations being issued and seven vehicles being impounded for 30 days.

As is the case with other departments, the Costa Mesa and Garden Grove stops were funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration.

Those grants also fund other enforcements, like the saturation patrols Garden Grove's DUI
Enforcement Team will conduct next Friday, May 4, and another DUI/drivers license checkpoint scheduled within Garden Grove city limits from 9 p.m. May 19 through 2 a.m. May 20.

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7 comments
mitch young
mitch young

Why is it always Costa Mesa? Is it because Coker pays special attention to his local po-po trying to catch wino drivers? Does he have a special interest in that? Inquiring minds wanna know.

costa mesa dj
costa mesa dj

Remember that you can use any legally viable maneuver to avoid a DUI checkpoint. For example, if U-turns are allowed, you can perform one and

head in the other direction.You don't have to answer any questions at a sobriety roadblock, regardless of what you might be doing or where you are going.

costa mesa dj
costa mesa dj

Remember that you can use any legally viable maneuver to avoid a DUI checkpoint. For example, if U-turns are allowed, you can perform one and head in the other direction.You don't have to answer any questions at a sobriety roadblock, regardless of what you might be doing or where you are going. 

Matthew T. Coker
Matthew T. Coker

Harp Inn, Pierce Street Annex, Yardhouse, Goat Hill, Detroit Bar, hey, it's a theory. And yes, the cops give me Bev Mo coupons for every drunk removed from the road.

909Jeff
909Jeff

Good Luck to you with that! 

mitch young
mitch young

I forgot just what a hidden gem Costa Mesa is.

Buttercup
Buttercup

 True, nothing like a good car chase to get the old heart pumping and the tasers set to FRY. They got you if you get near one of these, how about people just check on line before being a complete and utter moron by driving under the influence...and then DON'T.

Last week I watched as a completely drunk off his ass idiot plow into a light pole while driving the WRONG WAY down a street. Just happy the monster only took himself and HIS car out and not an innocent kid on a bike or another car. What were his comments to the cops before they pulled him from the car?

"I WASN'T DRIVING...I'M NOT THE DRIVER" Boy, even blitzed out of his mind he had that one down pat.Hope he's still in jail.

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