Sunday, June 09, 2013

DUI Checkpoints Yield Results

The most recent DUI Checkpoint in Costa Mesa Friday night, June 7th through Saturday morning, June 8th, once again yielded good results.  Six DUI-alcohol suspects were arrested and an additional 4 drivers were either cited or arrested for operating a vehicle unlicensed and 5 more were cited or arrested for operating a vehicle while suspended/revoked.

While a few folks in the community complain that these events are costly and not productive, the results demonstrate a different story.  The last three DUI Checkpoints over the past six weeks had more than 7500 cars pass through the checkpoints; 1754 were screened; 64 individuals had field sobriety tests and 20 were arrested for DUI-alcohol.  In addition, another 33 individuals were arrested or cited for other infractions and 27 cars were impounded.

Members of the Costa Mesa Police Department consistently rank among the most effective in identifying and apprehending drunk drivers on our streets and receive awards accordingly.  Right at the top of the heap is Officer Kha Bao, who has snagged 640 drunk drivers over the past two years.  We've reported on his accomplishments several times in the past.
Most recently Officer Bao was recognized in Sacramento by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) on June 1st for arresting 208 drunk drivers in 2012.  This photos shows him at that ceremony holding his awards.

Some of you may feel DUI Checkpoints are not effective tools to fight this problem in our city, but facts are facts.  Can targeted enforcement yield "more scalps"?  Yes, I think so, and so does Chief Tom Gazsi.  In the past he has stated that he planned to use that technique more, but that the DUI-Checkpoints will always be part of their arsenal to combat these particular crimes.

So, kudos to ALL the members of the CMPD for their diligence in removing dangerous drivers from our streets, and to Officer Kha Bao for his continued excellence.

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Blogger kwahlf said...

Kudos to Officer Bao and his fellow CM Police officers for taking more drunk drivers off the road.

6/09/2013 01:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Alex said...

I think everyone wants drivers that are a danger to others off of the road. That would include anyone regardless of what substance they are on. However, violating the Fourth Amendment isn't the right way to do it. DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols don't have the probably cause necessary to pull someone over. It's no different than going door to door at random looking for child molesters. That's great that the police would catch a few child molesters but not so great they violated everyone else's rights in the process. I'd rather see more regular patrols where officers are actually pulling someone over WITH probably cause.

6/09/2013 04:53:00 PM  
Blogger just wondering... said...

Don't you just love armchair attorneys?

6/09/2013 08:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Have diet coke receipt ready when doorbell rings said...

"probably cause" lol

Wow...check it out greoff! You have wanna-be DUI lawyers on here now!

6/09/2013 09:19:00 PM  
Anonymous MLB said...

Hey, Alex, can't stop anyone without "probably" cause. Even on saturation patrols. All that term means is extra officers assigned to make probable cause stops of motorists looking for DUI suspects.

There's no 4th amendment issue on checkpoints. It's been vetted in the courts time and again.

6/09/2013 10:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Alex said...

"Probably" should have been probable.

It's not that I know as much as an attorney does. However, it does sound like maybe you don't know as much as you should know about the Fourth Amendment or simply don't care about civil liberties.

I think it's unacceptable to search a person without probable cause. Apparently you do? You think it's ok to stop anyone at anytime for any reason at all?

That's fine if you don't care about your own civil liberties. However, some of us think they are now more important than ever.

That's why I would rather see more regular patrols. Maybe it's a little more expensive but preserving our rights and freedoms is worth it.

6/09/2013 10:57:00 PM  
Anonymous 18 Duke said...

Alex said, "Maybe it's a little more expensive but preserving our rights and freedoms is worth it."

It seems as if Alex has never attended a city council meeting. You can't speak without getting dragged out by cops.

When you so speak, the scummy council guys just sit there and text or stare you down with a grin.

"More expensive"

This council does not spend money on DUI checkpoints. It's all grant funded.

Don't you know by now this council only spends money on high priced outsourced attorney fees and unnecessary high priced PERS pension executives to help Righeimer's political agenda.

6/10/2013 11:36:00 AM  

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