The Garden Grove Police Department's Traffic Unit will conduct a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint on Friday, September 21, 2018, between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. DUI checkpoints, like this one, are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests, affording the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public.
The deterrent effect of high-visibility enforcement using both DUI checkpoints and DUI saturation patrols have proven to lower the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug impaired crashes. Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized proactive DUI operations are conducted routinely.
In 2014, alcohol involved collisions led to 1,155 deaths and nearly 24,000 serious injuries in California. Over the course of the past four years, Garden Grove police officers have investigated over 650 DUI collisions which have claimed 15 lives and resulted in over 300 traffic related injuries.
Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment, with officers checking drivers for proper licensing, delaying motorists only momentarily. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving, which now accounts for a growing number of impaired driving crashes.
DUI/Driver’s license checkpoint studies of California drivers have shown that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems. A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent). Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol. Everyone should be mindful that if you’re taking medication – whether prescription or over-the-counter – drinking even small amounts of alcohol can greatly intensify the impairment affects.
Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspensions and other expenses that can exceed $10,000, not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out.
This checkpoint is being conducted in coordination with the City of Garden Grove Accident Reduction Team (ART Team). Funding for this checkpoint is being provided to the Garden Grove Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to ‘Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1- 1’.