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BREA : Police to Set Up Sobriety Checkpoint

In an effort to cut down on the number of people drinking and driving on Carbon Canyon Road, the Police Department will man a sobriety checkpoint from 8 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday.

Eastbound traffic will be screened at the entrance to Carbon Canyon Regional Park. The checkpoints are conducted to supplement the enforcement efforts of patrol officers and the department’s DUI, or driving under the influence, team.

Carbon Canyon Road is being targeted because there have been many drunk-driving incidents there, according to city officials. The winding canyon road--which connects Orange County to two adjoining counties--is treacherous, especially for those who have been drinking, Police Lt. Jim Winder said.

The curves make the road especially difficult for intoxicated drivers to negotiate, Winder said. While alcohol-related accidents amount to 6% of all traffic accidents within the city, the figure in the canyon is 13%, more than double.

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It is the fifth year that the city has used sobriety checkpoints to remove drunk drivers from the road.


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