The Irvine Police Department had a DUI checkpoint in Irvine, California, last month on June 24th, 2016. The Irvine DUI Checkpoint was set up at Bake Parkway in Irvine, at Rockfield Boulevard, and was conducted from 8:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. in the area.
As the Ingersoll decision in California requires, the checkpoint was clearly marked and vehicles were selected for further screening on a pre-set basis to ensure objectivity. Motorists will be greeted and given information about impaired driving. Driver’s licenses will be checked and trained officers will direct suspected impaired drivers to a secondary area for further evaluation. Most motorists will experience little or no delay.
This checkpoint is the seventh in a series of 10, which will be conducted through September 2016, with grant funding awarded by the California Office of Traffic Safety, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). As we have mentioned before, DUI checkpoints do not work, and are usually all about the grant money.
NHTSA research, and research from other academic and private agencies, have shown that dui or sobriety checkpoints do not result in a lower arrest rate for DUI, or deter impaired drivers, encourage the use of sober designated drivers, despite the claims that they bring increased awareness to the consequences of impaired driving.
What were the results of the DUI checkpoint in Irvine? Well the DUI checkpoint failed to make any DUI arrests, as is typical. When The Chicago Tribune looked at the data in Illinois, they found by studying Illinois Department of Transportation data, that police departments had staged “hundreds of checkpoints, spent millions and have caught…almost no one”.
It’s the same here, and UC Berkeley looked at the data from California DUI checkpoints, and after reviewing the statistics, stated, “Sobriety checkpoints are generating tens of millions of dollars in revenue for California law enforcement agencies, cities and counties. Police are far more likely to impound vehicles from unlicensed drivers than arrest a driver for a DUI.”