SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. – Earlier this month, a 29-year old man failed
to stop at a DUI checkpoint set up in San Clemente; instead he crashed
directly into it. He was subsequently arrested on suspicion of driving
under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to the Orange County
The collision occurred around 11:30 p.m. on a Friday evening when the man
failed to bring his vehicle to a stop at a DUI checkpoint located at El
Camino Real and Escalones between the hours of 7 p.m. and 3 a.m., said
Orange County sheriff’s Lt. Jeff Hallock.
Hallock said that the suspect was not injured, nor were any of the deputies
at the scene. The lieutenant did say that the man was arrested on suspicion of
DUI, and for failing to stop at a checkpoint.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Department reports that on that evening,
568 vehicles passed through the checkpoint. According to the sheriff’s
department, 523 vehicles were screened, 24 vehicles were directed to a
secondary screening, and 10 drivers were subjected to field sobriety tests.
Why does California have DUI checkpoints?
Sobriety checkpoints, otherwise known as DUI checkpoints are police stops
where officers set up on the road to randomly stop vehicles and check
for drunk or drugged drivers.
DUI checkpoints are usually set up in areas with a history of a high volume
of drunk driving arrests or accidents. They are also frequently set up
over holiday weekends such as New Year’s, Memorial Day, the Fourth
of July, and Thanksgiving when impaired driving is known to increase significantly.
Not all states conduct DUI checkpoints, but California is one of them.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) strongly supports
the utilization of sobriety checkpoints, and it has made it clear that
the agency believes that DUI checkpoints should be integrated into each
state’s alcohol and
drug-impaired driving program.
Were you arrested at a DUI checkpoint? If so, contact the Law Offices of
Virginia L. Landry, Inc. to schedule a
free consultation with one of Orange County’s top-rated DUI attorneys!