Garden Grove

GGPD on lookout for DUI drivers

GARDEN GROVE police will be extra alert for DUI drivers this holiday season

GARDEN GROVE police will be extra alert for DUI drivers this holiday season

Ring in the new year safely and not in jail.

Garden Grove Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on Friday (tonight) at Valley View Street and Cerulean Avenue between the hours of 9 p.m. and 3 a.m.

The deterrent effect of High Visibility Enforcement using both DUI checkpoints and DUI Saturation Patrols has proven to lower the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug impaired crashes. Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized proactive DUI operations are conducted routinely.

DUI Checkpoints like this one 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.

In California, alcohol involved collisions led to 1,155 deaths and nearly 24,000 serious injuries in 2014 because someone failed to designate a sober driver. Over the course of the past three years Garden Grove PD officers have investigated 486 DUI collisions which have claimed 8 lives and resulted in another 252 injuries.

Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment, with officers checking drivers for proper licensing, delaying motorists only momentarily. When possible, 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.

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