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NEWS RELEASE: Lead Up to Labor Day Brings DUI Crackdown to Orange County

SANTA ANA, Calif. (August 14, 2014) – From August 15 through September 1, 2014, deputies and officers will be aggressively targeting drunk and drugged drivers as part of a nationwide effort to end impaired driving and save lives. The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign will pair increased public awareness with high-visibility enforcement, resulting in fewer drunk drivers on Orange County roads.

The Avoid the 38 DUI Task Force will be aggressively looking for impaired drivers throughout the region with plans in place for 5 DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoints, 2 Multi-Agency DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoints, 9 DUI Saturation Patrols, 3 Multi-Agency DUI Saturation Patrols, 2 DUI Warrant/Probation Sweeps and a DUI Court Sting targeting suspended drivers who were ordered by the judge not to drive. (**See attached Schedule of Operations for the 18 Day Mobilization for dates and city locations)

“Driving drunk is completely inexcusable,” said Sergeant Ray Wert of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Traffic Bureau. “We’re hoping that Orange County drivers get the message and take some simple steps to prevent a tragedy. There is always another way home.” The Orange County DUI taskforce is reminding drivers to plan ahead and designate a sober driver before attending any events where alcohol will be served. “Planning a sober ride home, whether it’s a friend, a taxi, or public transportation, is the right choice,” added Sergeant Ray Wert.

In 2012, 147 people in the United States lost their lives to a drunk driver over Labor Day Weekend. Of all the crash fatalities that weekend, one in four were attributed to drivers with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of .15 percent or higher – almost twice the legal limit in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. This Labor Day weekend don’t let the festivities turn into fatalities.

Aside from the obvious risks of killing yourself or someone else, driving impaired can also lead to serious punitive consequences. A DUI arrest can mean time in jail, loss of your license, and steep financial expenses; the average DUI can cost up to $10,000.

Avoid the 38 DUI Task Force funding is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration who reminds everyone; Report Drunk Drivers! – Call 9-1-1. The Office of Traffic Safety is offering a free mobile app – DDVIPCA.COM – aimed at thanking the sober designated driver with perks and free offers at area bars and restaurants.

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