The holidays are a time of celebration, and for some that can mean drinking more than usual. But overdoing it on eggnog doesn't make your evening so merry if driving is involved, which is why police, prosecutors and nonprofits are rolling out a variety of ways to try to cut down on holiday drunk driving — some with a carrot, and some with a stick.
The Newport Beach and Costa Mesa police departments are setting up DUI checkpoints for Friday to handle the heavy Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade traffic. In Newport, the checkpoint will be from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Jamboree Road and Santa Barbara Drive. In Costa Mesa, it will be from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Newport Boulevard at Flower Street.
But do checkpoints really work to cut down on drunk driving? Can't drunk drivers just avoid them? Not according to Costa Mesa Police Officer Tony Yannizzi.