Orange County has another series of DUI checkpoints leading up to Labor Day, 2016. Orange County DUI Checkpoints 8/26-28, 2016 will take place in the cities of Irvine, and Huntington Beach, as follows:
Irvine DUI Checkpoint 8/26/2016
The City of Irvine will have a DUI checkpoint on Friday, August 26th, 2016, from the hours of 8pm to 2:00 am. The DUI Checkpoint in Irvine will be located at Culver Drive at Irvine Center Drive during those hours.
Huntington Beach DUI Checkpoint 8/26/2016
The City of Huntington Beach will have a DUI checkpoint from 7:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m., in HB. The location was not announced, but it will be within city limits.
DUI Checkpoints have been held to be legal in California, as long as certain criteria are used in setting up the DUI check point, as follows:
- Decision Making at the Supervisory Level
- Limits of Discretion of Field Officers
- Maintenance of Safety Conditions
- Reasonable Location
- Reasonable Time and Duration (No Fixed Roadblocks)
- Indicia of Official Nature of Roadblock
- Length and Nature of Detention
- Advance Publicity
Without a checkpoint, officers typically have to be able to show that they have probable cause to stop and detain a driver. This means observing one of the following:
- A traffic violation;
- A defect in the vehicle that effects safety, or
- A driving pattern that indicates the driver may be driving drunk.
However, DUI checkpoints are not effective when compared to the more efficient saturation patrols. (Saturation Patrols are when officers drive in areas where persons might be driving drunk, and specifically look for violations of the law). In most cases in Orange County, a DUI checkpoint will get no more than 1-2 arrests, compared to the 10 times more arrests in the cases where officers are allowed to conduct saturation patrols.
The funding of DUI checkpoints is partially to blame. Both the California OTS and the Federal NHTSA contribute grant money in large amounts to fund DUI checkpoints, but not Saturation Patrols. MADD also favors DUI checkpoint, and contributes money and volunteers.
If you have questions about a DUI Checkpoint in Orange County please contact our firm any time. We are here to help you.