I was coming home at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday after a very long day at work. I had had a 7:30 a.m. Leadership Team Meeting, followed by a full day of teaching, followed by Back-to-School Night at Buena Terra School in Buena Park, where I teach.
I had no idea what was happening on Harbor Boulevard when I exited the freeway on my way home. I was almost hit three times on the offramp as other drivers slammed on their brakes because of the massive traffic back-up on Harbor. Then, when I navigated my way on to Harbor to make a right turn onto Gisler Avenue, there were signs announcing a DUI checkpoint just ahead. The Costa Mesa Police Department had virtually blocked off the entrance to the ARCO gas station at Harbor and Gisler.
The police also were blocking the left turn lane from Harbor to Gisler. They were forcing traffic down Harbor and reducing the number of lanes quickly. I was finally able to inch around the right corner at Gisler where two more police cars had pulled other drivers over. I proceeded very slowly and carefully past the TeWinkle School, where the parking lot was just emptying from an event. I was not stopped and made my way home.