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The Santa Ana Police Department will be conducting a DUI / Driver’s License checkpoint on Friday July 19th, 2019. It will begin at 9:00PM and is scheduled to conclude at 2:30 AM. It will be conducted in the area of 400 N. Fairview Street, in the City of Santa Ana.

This operation is NOT connected to any immigration enforcement action. Given Santa Ana’s Sanctuary City designation, as defined in Santa Ana Ordinance NS-2908, the ordinance prohibits members of the Santa Ana Police Department from engaging in any immigration enforcement within the City limits. Public safety requires community partnerships, and engaging in immigration enforcement operations erodes the trust necessary to provide effective public safety services in our City.

The primary purpose of a DUI Checkpoint is to deter impaired driving, not to increase arrests. All too often, impaired drivers injure or kil l community members. This DUI / Driver’s License checkpoint is an effort to reduce those tragedies, as well as ensure drivers have a valid driver license. The DMV reports unlicensed drivers are 4.9 times more likely to cause a fatal crash than a licensed driver is.

Officers trained in the detection of alcohol and drug impairment will staff the checkpoint. Officers will provide on-the-spot assessments of drivers suspected of alcohol or drug impairment. All checkpoints are conducted in accordance with the guidelines for DUI checkpoint operations outlined in the California Supreme Court decision, Ingersoll v. Palmer.

All vehicles may be checked and drivers who are under the influence of alcohol and / or drugs will be arrested. Our objective is to send a clear message to those who are considering driving a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol and / or drugs – Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest. The public is encouraged to help keep roadways safe by c alling 911 if they see a suspected impaired driver. Grant funding from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

By Editor

The New Santa Ana blog has been covering news, events and politics in Santa Ana since 2009.

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