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DUI Checkpoint in San Clemente Friday

The Orange County Sheriff's Department will hold a DUI checkpoint in San Clemente Friday to deter drunk drivers.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s DUI Task Force will hold a checkpoint in San Clemente Friday night to stop inebriated drivers this St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

The DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint will run somewhere in the city from 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.

The sheriff’s department conducts and publicizes the checkpoints to deter people from ever getting behind the wheel while under the influence.

“Research shows that crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough,” a department spokeswoman said in a written release. “Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes, and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.”

According to the department, in 2011, nearly 10,000 people were killed nationwide in motor vehicle traffic crashes that involved at least one driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or higher, and in California, 774 people died because someone failed to designate a sober driver.

“DUI Checkpoints have been an essential part 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 DUI accounts for nearly one third of traffic fatalities, Orange County needs the high visibility enforcement and public awareness that checkpoints provide.”

If you see a drunk driver, call 9-1-1.

PK March 15, 2013 at 06:43 AM
This is just a ploy to gain more money for the State and County. The OC Sheriff should do something with all the cops they put at this check point and actually use them in a burglary sting in the neighborhoods west of the 5 freeway. There is a crime wave going on down here. Put the real criminals behind bars..the ones who are actually stealing from others..every single week here in SC. Not much is done about it. But they will conduct "stings" that will bring them money. It's a bunch of BS.
Dave March 15, 2013 at 04:10 PM
^^ Sadly I agree. It's about the money under the ruse of being about safety. There is a crime problem in San Clemente as the above post mentioned.
Say What? March 15, 2013 at 04:14 PM
So let me get this straight, you think drunk driving is OK, and shouldn't be considered a crime?
Dave March 15, 2013 at 04:34 PM
I can't speak for PK, but I'm not saying that. I do however believe that a D.U.I. checkpoint is more about revenue than it is about saving lives. Maybe it's a little cynical of me to say it, but that's how I see it. D.U.I.s are big business.
kausmo March 15, 2013 at 04:40 PM
Damn all those o.c. sheriffs! How dare they be a part of the evil big government conspiracy to take all our money away and trample on our rights! San Clemente is turning into a crime filled cesspool right under their noses and they put up a d.u.i. stop on the biggest drinking holiday of the year!
Willimena March 15, 2013 at 04:45 PM
The neighborhoods west of the 5 freeway in San Clemente are all gated communities aren't they? How do thieves get past the gated entry points?
ryan lawrence March 15, 2013 at 04:51 PM
drinking and driving is def a big problem in san clemente! i am a taxi owner operator in san clemente and every night i see people who should not be behind the wheel stumble into there vehicles. later i see them getting arrested down the street or involved in an accident. lets get smart people your livelyhood and safety is very valuable. i was hit last fri by a drunk driver who ran not even knowing he hit me and that driver was caught three blocks down the street and he was arrested. do the right thing this st pattys day weekend and call me i will get you to and from safely that alone is priceless. call me directly san clemente happy taxi Ryan Lawrence. (949) 285-7926.
Mr LaBrecque March 15, 2013 at 05:04 PM
We should NOT be drinking and driving..but we should NOT be harassed at every turn and caught in the money extortion racket they have going on... they hand out tickets for everything these days and the fins are not small....
kausmo March 15, 2013 at 05:28 PM
Perhaps it might be a logical theory that those who complain about traffic fines and police authority are individuals that have a colorful past when it comes to their driving record?
Adam Townsend March 15, 2013 at 06:12 PM
I've used happy taxi before!
Douglas Martin March 16, 2013 at 12:58 AM
So where is the checkpoint?? They ought to be setting up just about now. I don't even drink; I just hate sitting in the line, and then having to show my license/registrationj/insurance/ where you been/where you going/ etc. And don't pull a U-turn. You might get shot. Being sworn doesn't mean a thing anymore. Very sad but true. So I like to keep my distance from the OCSD deputy that is a newbee fresh out of the jails/back from Afghanistan who thinks everyone without a shield is his enemy.
Douglas Martin March 16, 2013 at 01:09 AM
And Dave and PK, I agree. DUI is a huge industry, creating cash flow for local agencies and courts. The rotating checkpoints are paid for by grants from the state and the feds. They also impound numerous vehicles (and everything in them). More arrests = more money, which is why the BAL is now .08%. The guy driving home after 3 - 4 beers over 3 hours will barely blow a .08%, and his life is ruined for a while. He wasn't going to drive on the sidewalk or go the wrong way on the freeway or blow a red light at 75mph, but he has (had) a job and some savings so let's get him!
jr March 16, 2013 at 03:30 AM
By the HS
mina March 16, 2013 at 04:52 AM
I agree in check points. But why annouce it? People are just.gonna go around it... Main places to put them would be on pico and on el camino real. If someone had a drink, they'll just go around it
Douglas Martin March 16, 2013 at 05:28 AM
@mina, the California Supreme Court ruled that in order to not violate the 4th Amendment 1. the checkpoints must be announced in advance, 2. the decision on where and when should be done at command level, and 3. the police can only question a RANDOM sample of drivers, such as every 3rd car. (How many times have they fudged that one lol) When it made it to the US Supreme Court Justice Stevens wrote in dissent "...the net effect of sobriety checkpoints on traffic safety is infinitesimal and possibly negative.". But Renquist said that the greater good was served despite the "minor inconvienence" of this clearly unconstitutional search and siezure. In fact, DUI checkpoints are illegal in 10 states.
W.O. March 16, 2013 at 06:04 AM
TY Ryan Lawrence for posting up your #,only idiots think drinking and driving is okay even if its just a few its not okay and there is no excuse in such a small town as this.Walk!!!or Cab if your lazy or too drunk!But for Gods sake dont drive!I can walk from N.Elcamino to S.El Camino in an hour or less can you people?
W.O. March 16, 2013 at 06:10 AM
I would be impressed if no one was drinking and driving and they spent more than they got.So hey everybody prove to these cops that it is a waste of time and money and just walk or cabbie it all weekend is it that hard?Its a small town people!!!Make them look stupid not you!!
Dan Owen March 16, 2013 at 05:10 PM
No wonder we're known as Stanton by the Sea. So first DUI check-points are not put up as a revenue stream for the county. Most all monies collected go to the State. Second driving is not a right, it's a privilege. You take a test, pass, and it can be revoked by the state at any time they choose. The deputy has nothing to say about it. Yes, they are doing RANDOM sample of drivers. The main reason for doing DUI check-points as to remind you idiots the consequence of driving under the influence. AS to CRIME here, this city is number 3 in the county for call-outs. Most all are domestic, my boy friend won't leave, my seven year old won't go to school, I want you to come make him go. Don't believe me? Go up to the station and sign up for a ride along see for yourself. OCSD only does one of these a month for the whole county. They're federally funded, blame Obama. Pico in front of the high school, I was there last night.
Timber March 20, 2013 at 06:44 AM
Well stated , thanks.

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