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DUI Checkpoint Starts Tonight at 8 p.m.

Expect delays near Jamboree Road and San Joaquin Hills Drive.

Newport Beach police will set up a checkpoint tonight to look for drunken drivers and invalid licenses.

The checkpoint will operate from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. on northbound Jamboree Road at San Joaquin Hills Drive.

The location was selected for its proximity to sites with higher concentrations of DUI crashes and arrests, the release said.

The checkpoint will be clearly marked and vehicles will be selected to move through the check lanes on a predetermined basis to ensure objectivity and timeliness, the release said. Motorists will be greeted and given an informational brochure on “Driving Under The Influence,” prepared by the Newport Beach Police Department Traffic Division.

Although some arrests are typically made at sobriety checkpoints, the purpose is more about reminding drivers that it's a bad idea to drink before getting behind the wheel, the release said. Local police also conduct saturation DUI patrols on a regular basis. Anti-DUI programs are funded by a state grant, according to the release.

Officers also will check to make sure drivers have valid licenses and no outstanding warrants, and will check for other potential violations.

PBC April 27, 2012 at 04:09 PM
They need to include CELL/TEXT usage as well !!! Too many still somehow think 'they' are the exceptions to the rules !!!!
David April 28, 2012 at 09:44 PM
There's a free app for dui checkpoints in OC that I found....but you have to have an iphone. www.acebaronbailbonds.com
PBC April 28, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Here is hoping you and others utilyze that ap only when NOT mobilized...Easier/FAR BETTER, to NOT drink and drive nor talk/text for everyones general safety --get a designated driver who CAN abide by the safer rules of the road for ALL our sakes !!

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