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DUI checkpoint in Mission Viejo this Friday

Drink Driving

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department will conduct a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on Friday, Aug. 16 at an undisclosed location on the border of Lake Forest and Mission Viejo between 7 pm and 3 am.

DUI checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests. Deputies will look for signs of alcohol and drug impairment and check drivers for proper licensing.

The Sheriff’s Department reminds drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” If you take prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, you might be impaired enough to get a DUI. Marijuana can also result in a DUI.

Remember these tips:

  • Always use a designated sober driver – a friend who is not drinking, ride-share, cab or public transportation – to get home.
  • Take the keys away from anyone who is clearly impaired and help the person make other arrangements to get home.
  • Report drunk drivers – Call 911.

Getting home safely is cheap, but getting a DUI is not. Motorists caught driving impaired and charged with DUI can expect to pay up to $13,500. This includes fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspension and other expenses - not to mention possible jail time.

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