Now through Labor Day weekend, Orange County police will be joining other police agencies nationwide to crack down on drunk driving. The official start began on Friday, August 19, 2011, in the three cities of Dana Point, San Clemente, and San Juan Capistrano.
DUI patrols are hoping that the message of “drive sober or get pulled over” will be received well. Orange County Sheriff’s traffic officials indicated that they will have about five to ten additional cars out looking for drunk drivers between the hours of 8 p.m. and 4 a.m.
Cities participating in additional DUI enforcement include: Mission Viejo, Tustin, Newport Beach, Anaheim, Garden Grove, Buena Park, Placentia, Cypress, and others.
Police are urging Orange County motorists to not drink and drive. They recommend that if you are planning on drinking, you should plan ahead and designate a driver. If you do not have a designated driver, call a taxi cab company or have a sober friend or relative come pick you up.
DUI convictions can cost approximately $10,000, plus a suspended driver’s license and jail time. In addition, driving while intoxicated can lead to an Orange County crash that could injure you, your loved ones, or innocent motorists.
Sadly, over 10,800 people died in drunk driving crashes in 2009, and most of those people were between the ages of 21 to 24, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Don’t assume that a drunk driving crash won’t happen to you, or that you will be able to walk away from one. Your life can be destroyed by the choices you make behind the wheel.