Deputies to Conduct a DUI Checkpoint in Dana Point on Friday

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines,fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

From the Orange County Sheriff's Department:

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department DUITask Force will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on Friday, June 27 in Dana Point from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.

DUI checkpoints are a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed orinjured in alcohol or drug involved crashes. Research shows that crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough. 

Deputies will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. They will also check drivers for proper licensing and will strive todelay motorists only momentarily. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving. Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines,fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000. 

In 2011 nearly 10,000 people were killed nationally in motor vehicle traffic crashes that involved at least one driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration of.08% or higher. In California, this deadly crime led to 774 deaths because someone failed to designate a sober driver.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent.  Based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests, DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence.  Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public. 

“DUI Checkpoints have been an essential oart of the phenomenal reduction in DUI deaths that we witnessed since 2006 in California,” said Christopher J. Murphy,Director of the Office of Traffic Safety.  “But since the tragedy of DUIs account for nearly one third of traffic fatalities, Orange County needs the high visibility enforcement and public awareness that checkpoints provide.”


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