Motorists entering Laguna on North Coast Highway from Newport
Beach were greeted by a DUI and driver’s license checkpoint at
McKnight Drive. Ten Laguna officers conducted the checkpoint with
assistance from three officers from Newport Beach, said Sgt. Doris
Higgins who coordinated the program. Several volunteers from MADD and
Citizens in Patrol lent support to the officers.
From 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. last Friday, 1,275 vehicles passed through
the checkpoint. More than 500 of those vehicles were stopped and
greeted by officers with information about driving under the
influence of alcohol, checked for sobriety and for a current driver’s
license. Five people were arrested that night for driving under the
The department will perform other checkpoints in the near future
at various locations in the city, said Higgins.
-- Mary A. Castillo