Police make extra effort to prevent Memorial Day Weekend drunk driving
Posted on Sep 02, 2010
Orange County police forces will be putting extra effort into stopping drunken drivers and preventing Orange County traffic accidents this Memorial Day weekend through enforcement patrols and DUI checkpoints.
California Highway Patrol officers are beginning their maximum enforcement period starting Friday at 6:01 p.m. and will continue their efforts until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, September 6.
Last year, CHP officers throughout California made 1,417 arrests for driving under the influence during the same time period last Memorial Day holiday weekend. About 300 of those arrests were made in Orange County.
In addition to CHP’s efforts, most city police departments have scheduled DUI and driver's license checkpoints. The cities of Brea, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Los Alamitos, Lake Forest, Laguna Niguel and Tustin have also scheduled saturation patrols during the long weekend.
Police say they plan to arrest anyone who is driving while impaired regardless of the situation.
Some police departments have already stepped up efforts to arrest drunk drivers. Earlier this week, the Costa Mesa Police Department arrested four drivers for driving under the influence at a checkpoint at the Bristol Street and Randolph Avenue intersection. Two additional arrests were conducted as a result of the checkpoint; one was a drug possession arrest. A total of 18 citations were issued and 15 vehicles were towed. In Cypress, one driver was arrested after 733 vehicles went through a Saturday night checkpoint.
The Orange County accident attorneys at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis and Leslie wish everyone a safe and happy holiday weekend.