DUI checkpoint in Irvine tonight
The DUI checkpoint in Irvine tonight is located within The City of Irvine, at Barranca and Culver. This is very close to the Irvine Police Station, (located on Harvard, between Alton and Barranca), and thus very convenient for Irvine PD officers.
Orange County DUI checkpoints elsewhere
DUI checkpoint in Irvine tonight is not the only DUI checkpoint in Orange County, however. There is a DUI checkpoint in Orange tonight (February 26, 2016), and another in Santa Ana tomorrow, February 27, 2016.
It’s fairly well known in Law Enforcement that DUI checkpoints don’t work. However, they are a major money maker for local law enforcement, for many reasons.
WHY DOES LAW ENFORCEMENT HAVE ORANGE COUNTY DUI CHECKPOINTS?
DUI Checkpoints are even admitted by law enforcement to be less effective than other means of removing drunk drivers from the road. But, even though DUI checkpoints don’t work, police state they had a deterrent effect preventing people from driving in the first place. The truth is that funding in grants from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), MADD, and the Federal Government ensure DUI checkpoints are used first before other measures.
ARE DUI CHECKPOINTS LEGAL?
The US Supreme Court, as well as the law in California, makes DUI checkpoints legal, as long as they follow certain criteria, including:
- Decision making by supervisors.
- Limits on discretion of field officers.
- Maintenance of safety conditions.
- Reasonable location.
- Time and duration.
- Indicia of official nature of roadblock.
- Length and nature of detention.
- Advance publicity: The famous Ingersoll case in Orange County was in favor of advance publicity. It referred to the deterrent effect and stated that the notice minimizes intrusiveness to a person’s rights. In 1993, the court in People v. Banks stated that publicity was not a requirement, but it certainly helps.
Contact our Irvine DUI Law firm for any questions – (877) 568-2977.