“Drive sober or get pulled over" is the message law enforcement is sending to residents now through Labor Day Weekend.
The Orange County Sheriff's Department is joining nearly 10,000 other polices agencies nationwide in a holiday crackdown that begins Friday night in San Juan Capistrano, Dana Point and San Clemente.
Between 8 p.m. and 4 a.m., extra patrols will be conducted in the area, with deputies on the lookout for drunken drivers. Sheriff's traffic officials said there will be five to 10 extra cars patrolling only for drunk drivers, in additional to the normal weekend staffing.
“Our message is simple and unwavering: if we find you driving impaired, we will arrest you. No exceptions,” said Deputy Wayne Howard with the sheriff’s traffic bureau.
Your best bet: Plan ahead, designate a non-drinking, sober driver. Remember, a DUI conviction costs around $10,000, plus time in jail and the loss of your driver’s license.
“Even if you beat the odds and manage to walk away from an impaired-driving crash, the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for driving while impaired can still destroy your life,” said Howard.
More than 10,800 people died in 2009 in crashes in which a driver or motorcycle rider was at or above the legal limit, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Those with the highest percentage of alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities crashes was the 21 to 24 age group.
Other DUI enforcement operations in Orange County:
- 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. Sat. Aug. 20, DUI checkpoint in Tustin
- 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. Fri. Aug. 26, DUI Checkpoint in Anaheim
- 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. Fri. Aug. 26, patrols in Irvine and Newport Beach
- 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. Sat. Aug. 27, patrols in Garden Grove, Anaheim, Placentia and Buena Park
- 9 p.m.-3 a.m. Thurs. Sep. 1, DUI checkpoint in Cypress
- 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. Fri. Sep. 2, DUI checkpoint in Mission Viejo