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County police gear up to prevent Orange County drunk driving accidents

Posted on Aug 23, 2010

Police Departments throughout Orange County are stepping up patrols and DUI checkpoints in preparation for Labor Day weekend. A multiagency anti-DUI task force known as "Avoid the 38," which includes the Orange County Sheriff's Department, began roving drunk driver enforcement on Friday, August 20. 
In addition to countywide efforts, the cities of Brea, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Lake Forest, Laguna Niguel, Los Alamitos and Tustin will be conducting extra DUI saturation patrols in their respective cities during the enforcement period.

Drivers with BAC greater than .08 are responsible for about one-third of motor vehicle deaths.
The U.S. Department of Transportation cites the holidays of Labor Day, Independence Day and Memorial Day as some of the most dangerous times to be driving. These holidays trail only Thanksgiving in terms of the number of car accidents and deaths on the road.
In 2009, 299 drunk driving arrests were made in Orange County during summer Mobilization/Labor Day Weekend campaign.
Funding for the "Avoid" program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Scheduled checkpoints

Aug. 21 – Anaheim
Aug. 27 – Laguna Niguel
Aug. 28 – La Habra
Sept. 3 – Anaheim
Sept. 4 – La Habra

Scheduled saturation patrols
Aug. 20 – Anaheim, Aliso Viejo, Laguna Hilla, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods
Aug. 27 – La Habra
Aug. 28 – Anaheim
Sept. 2 – Placentia
Sept. 3 – Orange
Sept. 4 – Irvine
Sept. 5 - Orange

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