Fullerton PD announces DUI checkpoint during Christmas week


Stay sober, my friends.

That’s the message from the Fullerton PD Traffic Unit, which will conduct a DUI/Driver’s License checkpoint along the Harbor Boulevard corridor between 8 p.m. Dec. 23 and 2 a.m. Dec. 24.

Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment as well as proper licensing, a process that should delay motorists only momentarily. Specially trained officers will be on hand to evaluate those suspected of drug- or alcohol-impaired driving.

DUI checkpoints have proven to be a cost-effective way of reducing the number of persons killed and injured on the road, according to a Fullerton PD news release.

Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized DUI checkpoints and proactive DUI patrols routinely are conducted, the news release said.

Funding for the Dec. 23-24 checkpoint is provided to the Fullerton Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which reminds everyone to “Report Drunk Driver – Call 9-1-1.”

The impact of a DUI arrest includes jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes and other expenses that can exceed $10,000, not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out.