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HB, GG police working to curb DUIs

POLICE in Garden Grove and Huntington Beach are working to curb driving under the influence this holiday season.

‘Tis the season for celebration and parties and, perhaps, a little too much partying.

In response to the possibility of drinking and driving, the police departments of Garden Grove and Huntington Beach are deploying resources to discourage – or catch – motorists driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

In Huntington Beach, police set up a DUI and driver’s license checkpoint at Goldenwest Street north of Edinger Avenue from 7 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday.

According to Sgt. Julio Mendez of the HBPD, 1,669 vehicles went through the checkpoint and 782 of those were screened. Three field sobriety tests were administered, but no DUI arrests were made.

However, six persons were cited or arrested for operating a vehicle without a valid driver’s license. Two were cited for other vehicle code violations.

Garden Grove’s checkpoints and patrols will be in place starting at 9 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 29 and continuing to 3 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 30. The location has not been announced.

Both DUI operations were funded through a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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