Newport Beach police traffic officers will conduct a sobriety checkpoint from 8 p.m. tonight until 3 a.m. Friday, according to a police statement.
The checkpoint, which also will check for valid drivers licenses, will be located at Newport Boulevard and Finley Avenue.
Police chose the location because of its proximity to sites of higher concentrations of DUI crashes and arrests as well as its proximity to bars and restaurants, according to the statement.
“The checkpoint will be clearly marked and vehicles will be selected to move through the check lanes on a pre-set basis to ensure objectivity and timeliness,” the statement said. Officers will greet motorists and distribute NBPD brochures called “Driving Under The Influence.”
Funding for the checkpoint, as well as the department’s other regular DUI saturation patrols, was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
According to a police news release, almost 10,000 people were killed nationally in 2011 in crashes that involved at least one driver or motorcycle rider with blood alcohol levels of .08 percent or higher.
“In California, this deadly crime led to 774 deaths because someone failed to designate a sober driver,” the release said. In Newport Beach, DUI crashes killed one person and injured 245 people in 186 crashes in the past three years, the release said.