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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.

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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