Lake Forest, Costa Mesa Checkpoints Tonight

Categories: DUI-yi-yi

Slow traffic Friday evenings in Lake Forest and Costa Mesa is nothing new, but part of the delays on two streets in these cities tonight will be caused by sobriety checkpoints.

Neither location was announced for the Orange County sheriff's operation in Lake Forest from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday and the Costa Mesa Police Department's that ends at the same time but starts at 8 p.m.

By the way, if you're sick and tired of these checkpoints, view them as illegal or just a royal pain in the ass, it sucks to be you.

The sheriff's department and the police department are among several Orange County law enforcement agencies that just announced receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars from the state and federal governments to continue anti-DUI enforcement. Checkpoints are a huge part of that strategy countywide.

"The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol- or drug-involved crashes," reads a statement from the sheriff's department. "Research shows that crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough."

"Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed 18 lives and resulted in 525 injuries within the Sheriff's Department's contract cities," says Deputy Shane Stewart of the sheriff's Traffic Bureau in the same release.

Costa Mesa's checkpoint announcement states that since 2010 there have been 686 collisions involving DUl drivers in in the city that included four fatalities and 307 people injured.

"lt's not until you consider that these numbers represent someone's mother, father, son or daughter that you realize the real impact that DUl drivers are having on our community," Costa Mesa Police Sgt. Bryan Wadkins says in the statement.

Funding for the checkpoints in both cities comes from a California Office of Traffic Safety grant, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Ryan Moss

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James Hart
James Hart

Texan here. I would never comply with a damn Nazi checkpoint.

Char Mayf
Char Mayf

NO NO NO ONE SHOULD EVER DRINK & DRIVE EVER & No one should ever let a loved one drink & drive ever... This behavior KILLS Beautiful loved ones... I KNOW THIS my son was killed by this STUPID behavior... SHAME ON ANYONE WHO DOES THIS it is not Not NOT OK EVER... The crash that Killed my lovely son and 4 other also killed himself in the crash as well head on collision RIP SON I love you and MISS you everyday... :( Will you be able to live with yourself if you kill someone by Drinking & Driving? You don’t just kill one person you destroy the life of a whole community of family & friends including your own. Just saying it's okay to have your kind of fun however be responsible and DONT DRIVE OR GET INTO A CAR WITH A DRUNK DRIVER/anyone who has been drinking!

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Katie24121

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Billy Frame
Billy Frame

DUI/Drivers License Check.... soon Obamacare will be added to the he title.

Lon Hall
Lon Hall

closest I've come is what I call WUI...Walking Under the Influence...since I haven't owned a car in 35 years. The 'penalty' in Irvine where I live is the cops give you a ride home.

Pantell Adam
Pantell Adam

Sobriety checkpoint are wrong. It's unconstitutional. If I have a dead person in my trunk it's none of their business and I tell you what they better let me go if I am NOT drunk and suppress evidence. Fair is fair. One more thing. Everybody should eat a bunch of garlic and when they ask you questions breathe in their face with heavy garlic breath. Let them pay the price of garlic breath. We have to smell their stinking breath. Oh yeah shine a flashlight in their face cops love it when you do that. It's a sign of respect. Don't you love it when they shine a flashlight in your face. They're just moths and cockroaches. Except cockroaches run from lights and cops run from work.

David Tanaka
David Tanaka

If your ass dont drive high and drunk you wouldn't have to worry about shit

panhead20
panhead20

“It is more important that innocence be protected than it is that guilt be punished, for guilt and crimes are so frequent in this world that they cannot all be punished. But if innocence itself is brought to the bar and condemned, perhaps to die, then the citizen will say, "whether I do good or whether I do evil is immaterial, for innocence itself is no protection," and if such an idea as that were to take hold in the mind of the citizen that would be the end of security whatsoever.” 

- John Adams

BuzzRadio Steve
BuzzRadio Steve

It's only going to get worse in the guise of public safety. It first started as DUI stop only, now it's a drivers license, insurance and registration check point. We were stopped once at a check point in broad daylight once, asked where we were going, what we were doing? "You're papers please"! Gestapo tactics, preparing population for the NWO!

Billy Folsom
Billy Folsom

The checkpoint in Costa Mesa is at Bristol and Randolph. 8PM-3AM. Shhhh, no one is supposed to know.

Chris J Caroselli
Chris J Caroselli

You know it's funny, I just had a midterm in criminal justice and wrote my essay on the fourth amendment..

Andrew Cusumano
Andrew Cusumano

this just in: it's illegal for nazi style checkpoints to stop you for no reason and subsequently request paperwork/commands of you.

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

I have no problem with the Checkpoints. As long as the cops are actually focusing on taking drunks off the road, not impounding vehicles with expired tags, etc.

DangerMouse
DangerMouse

Aren't they required to be more specific about announcing the location?  Or is "Eh, somewhere" good enough these days?

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

@James Hart  

Fine, then if I visit Texas I don't have to comply with their Nazi anti-choice laws either. Sound fair?

jonpitz
jonpitz

@Billy Folsom i can't imagine how you knew that LMFAO

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

@Andrew Cusumano  

I do believe checkpoints violate the 4th Amendment...but if they must exist, like I said, the sole purpose should be public safety. 

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