Thursday, May 05, 2011

Cinco de No DUI in The OC

Posted By CotoBlogzz

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA – the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) announced extra patrols for today May 5, 2011 on time for the Cinco de Mayo celebrations.  While “ Cinco de Mayo is a special opportunity to gather with friends and co-workers for chips, salsa and Margaritas, celebrating California’s rich cultural diversity. It is also a night when dangerous and often deadly outcomes occur because another impaired driver hits the road drunk,” states the OCSD announcement, adding that the Orange County Avoid the 38”DUI Task Force will be deploying overtime patrols in Anaheim, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, La Habra Laguna Beach, La Palma, Placentia, Santa Ana and Westminster, as well as the Sheriff’s Department’s Contract Cities, such as Rancho Santa Margarita.

The OCSD reminds “everyone, including hosts, local bars and restaurants to  be sure to promote designated sober drivers in advance, before the  party begins and provides the following tips:

1.  Arrange rides home for your friends, family, co-workers and yourself before the drinking begins.
2.  Identify and provide free non-alcoholic drinks to the Designated Driver.
3.  Party hosts and servers must limit drinks to your guests or patrons. Don’t serve more than one or two over several hours.
4.  Cut back on the amount of drinks you plan to bring to the party – and provide plenty of food.
It you see dangerous driving, Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1!

Despite claims from a DUI defense law firm to provide potential clients arrested and charged with DUI anywhere in Southern California with “aggressive legal representation they can count on,” it is fair to say that  if such charges are filed by the Orange County District Attorney’s (OCDA) office, the promises may be just that.  “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. “Violators often face jail time, the loss of
their driver’s license, higher insurance rates, attorney fees, time away from work, and dozens of otherexpenses. So don’t take the chance,” said Sgt Mark Daigle of the Sheriff’s Department Traffic Bureau 

If you are still not convinced about the cost-benefit ratio of DUI, check out Sr. Deputy District Attorney Paul Chrisopoulos’  recent recognition as  Defender of Justice Award   The message from Orange County law enforcement agencies should be loud and clear- zero tolerance for DUI.

“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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