Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Cinco de Mayo OC DUI Patrols

 Posted By CotoBlogzz 05-04-2010

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA - According to the Orange County Sheriff's Department, "Cinco de Mayo has become a traditional time for many to celebrate California’s rich cultural history.  It is also a night out with expected dangers when someone chooses to drink and drive. Designate sober drivers in advance – before the ‘Fiesta’ begins."

Accordingly, the Avoid the 38 task force  will be deploying  Roving DUI patrols into the communities of Brea, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, La Habra, Newport Beach, Placentia, Santa Ana, the UCI Campus and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s south contract cities.

“Communities everywhere will see special events and night spots celebrating Cinco de Mayo,” said Sgt. Mark Daigle of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Traffic Bureau.  “If you do go out and celebrate, make sure you have a non-drinking designated driver to get you home safe.”

Officers will be stopping errant drivers and checking for the signs of intoxication, conducting field sobriety tests, arresting those who are intoxicated and impounding vehicles of those with suspended or no license. 

“Drunk driving is simply not worth the risk. Not only do you risk killing yourself or someone else, but the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for impaired driving can be significant,” said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the California Office of Traffic Safety.  “Violators often face jail time, the loss of their driver’s license, higher insurance rates, attorney fees, time away from work, and dozens of other expenses. So don’t take the chance. Remember, if you are over the limit, you are under arrest.”

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.

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