Irvine Police Department Press Release

Farrah Emami - Public Information Officer
1 Civic Center Plaza
Irvine, CA 92606



PRESS RELEASE #3/15/2013
Subject :

Sobriety Checkpoint
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Contact :Julia Engen, Lieutenant    949-724-7112

IRVINE, CA (March 15, 2013):  The Irvine Police Department will be conducting a Sobriety Checkpoint on Saturday, March 16, 2013 at Jamboree Road and Barranca Parkway, in the City of Irvine as part of our ongoing campaign to take dangerous drivers off the road.


In 2011, nearly 10,000 people were killed nationally in motor vehicle traffic crashes that involved at least one driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or higher.  In California, this deadly crime led to 774 deaths because someone failed to designate a sober driver.


“The Irvine Police Department remains committed to reducing injury and death caused by these preventable tragedies”, said Chief Dave Maggard. “Checkpoints are one of many enforcement and education activates we will continue to use to keep our roadways safe.”


St. Patrick’s Day is a popular time to socialize with friends, family and coworkers. The Irvine Police department recommends the following easy steps, for a safe St. Patrick’s Day.


    • Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin
    • Designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home
    • If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member
    • If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, call  911
    • If you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely


The checkpoint will be clearly marked and vehicles will be selected to be checked on a pre-set basis to ensure objectivity.  Motorists will be greeted and given an informational brochure on impaired driving.  Driver’s licenses will be checked, and trained officers will direct impaired drivers to a secondary check area for further evaluation.  Most motorists will experience little delay, if any at all.



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(949) 724-7000

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