This holiday season, through New Year’s day, the Garden Grove Police Department will have more officers on patrol looking for driver’s suspected of being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. A DUI and driver’s license checkpoint will be conducted on Saturday, December 21, 2019, from 9:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m., at an undisclosed location within the city limits.
“Unfortunately, this time of the year is when we see more people driving impaired,” said Garden Grove Police Chief Tom DaRé. “There is no excuse for driving after drinking or using drugs that impair. There are many ways to get home safely without driving.”
The 2019 Winter Mobilization is part of a national campaign to educate the public about the dangers of driving impaired.
DUI checkpoints 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.
Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment, with officers checking drivers for proper licensing. 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.
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.
Drivers are encouraged to download the Designated Driver VIP (DDVIP) mobile app. The free app helps find nearby bars and restaurants that feature free incentives for the designated sober driver, including non-alcoholic drinks and appetizers. The app has the capability to tie-in social media accounts and contact Uber, Lyft and Curb.
The winter mobilization and DUI checkpoint efforts are in coordination with the City of Garden Grove’s Accident Reduction Team (ART), with funding for the checkpoint being provided 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.”