First Official Checkpoint Since June 15th
Police will set up a DUI checkpoint Thursday night in Downtown Fullerton to catch suspected drunk drivers.
As part of a new traffic safety grant for an anti-DUI program, the Fullerton Police Department will be posted in the Downtown stretch of Commonwealth Avenue at an undisclosed intersection. It will be the first official DUI checkpoint since June 15, when the police set up one on Harbor Boulevard in Downtown.
The California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) furnished funding for the anti-DUI program through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
While the Fullerton Police Department argued in its press release that alcohol-related crashes drop 20 percent when a checkpoint announcement is made, the grants for anti-DUI measures became a controversial topic last year. Last September, a majority of Fullerton City Council members led by former Council Member Travis Kiger rejected a $50,000 grant from the OTS to fund sobriety checkpoints on the grounds that it unnecessarily stopped legal and licensed drivers.
After protests by Mothers Against Drunk Driving and victims and relatives of victims of drunk driving accidents, the Council reversed its action and accepted the sobriety checkpoint grant as part of the anti-DUI checkpoint grant package from the OTS.
For more information, call the Fullerton Police Department at (714) 738-6800