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Newport Beach Police Department
Tuesday June 20th, 2017 :: 10:54 a.m. PDT


Two Upcoming Traffic Safety Events: DUI Checkpoint and Motorcycle Safety Operation

The NBPD has two upcoming traffic safety events this week.  Please see the press releases below.
DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint Planned this Thursday
The Newport Beach Police Department Traffic Division will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m.
In recent years, California has seen a disturbing increase in drug-related impaired driving crashes.  The Newport Beach Police Department supports the new effort from the Office of Traffic Safety to educate all drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.”  If you take prescription drugs, particularly those with a warning about driving or operating machinery on the label, you might be impaired enough to be arrested for DUI.  Marijuana can also be impairing (especially when used in combination with alcohol or other drugs) and can result in a DUI arrest.
The deterrent effect of High Visibility Enforcement using both DUI checkpoints and DUI Saturation Patrols is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol- or drug-involved crashes.  Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized DUI checkpoints and proactive DUI patrols are conducted routinely.  DUI Checkpoints like this one are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests, affording the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Locations are also chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public.
In California, alcohol-involved collisions led to 1,155 deaths and nearly 24,000 serious injuries in 2014 because someone failed to designate a sober driver.  “Over the course of the past three years, the NBPD has investigated 210 DUI collisions which have claimed three lives and resulted in 304 injuries to our friends and neighbors,” said Sgt. Michael Schiavi.
Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment, with officers checking drivers for proper licensing, delaying motorists only momentarily.  When possible, specially-trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving, which now accounts for a growing number of impaired driving crashes. 
Studies of California drivers have shown that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems.  A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent).  Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol. Everyone should be mindful that, if you’re taking medication – whether prescription or over-the-counter – drinking even small amounts of alcohol can greatly intensify impairment. 
Law enforcement emphasizes the preventable nature of impaired driving.  All it takes is a little planning ahead: designate a sober driver, take public transportation or a car service, or call a sober friend or family member to give you a ride home.  But, whatever you do, don’t drive under the influence.  One tool that can help is the California Officer of Traffic Safety’s Designated Driver VIP, or “DDVIP,” free mobile app for Android or iPhone.  The DDVIP app helps find nearby bars and restaurants that feature free incentives for the designated sober driver, from free non-alcoholic drinks to free appetizers and more.  The feature-packed app even has social media tie-ins and even a tab for the non-DD to call Uber, Lyft or Curb.
Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspensions, and other expenses that can exceed $10,000… not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out.
Funding for this checkpoint is provided to Your Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to ‘Report Drunk Driver – Call 9-1-1’.
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Newport Beach Police Department Announces
Operation Focusing on Motorcycle Safety
As part of our grant-funded Special Traffic Enforcement and Crash Prevention (STEP) activities, the Newport Beach Police Department will be conducting a specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation on Saturday, June 24.
Extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas that are frequented by motorcyclists and where recent traffic collisions have occurred, in an effort to reduce injuries.  Education and enforcement will be targeted at drivers and motorcycle riders alike.  The officers will be focused on specific offenses including driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, speeding, driving on a suspended or revoked license, violations of motorcycle license endorsement, and any other dangerous activities.
Motorcycle fatalities have risen dramatically in California, showing a 28% increase over the decade low of 352 in 2010.  In 2013, 453 motorcyclists lost their lives, marking the highest number of deaths in the previous five years.  California collision data shows that the primary causes of motorcycle-involved collisions include speeding, unsafe turning, and driver/rider impairment due to drugs or alcohol.
During the past two years in the City of Newport Beach, 66 persons were injured in traffic collisions involving motorcycles, but none of these collisions involved a fatality.  The Police Department remains dedicated to preventing traffic-related deaths and injuries.  We encourage everyone on the road to stay alert and aware of your surroundings, especially when turning or changing lanes.  Whether you are on two wheels – or on four – it’s your responsibility to safely share the road.
Safety tips for motorcycle riders: See and be seen

  • Use your lane position to increase visibility; change lanes only when there is ample room
  • Match your speed to surrounding traffic
  • Always wear a DOT-compliant helmet and brightly-colored protective clothing
  • Ride with lights on, even during daylight hours
Safety tips for drivers: Share the road
  • Look twice for motorcyclists, especially when entering the roadway, turning, or changing lanes
  • Remember that motorcyclists are allowed in HOV lanes, unless prohibited by signage
Funding for these Safety Operations is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic and Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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Newport Beach Police Department
870 Santa Barbara Dr
Newport Beach, CA 92660

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