NEWS, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contacts: Lt. Jeff Hallock, 714.904.704, JHallock@ocsd.org; Emily Osterberg, 714.647.1840, EOsterberg@ocsd.org
Summer/Labor Day AVOID DUI Campaign Update
DUI Arrests Up & No DUI Fatalities
SANTA ANA, Calif. – (August 22, 2014) – The Summer/Labor Day National drunk driving campaign statistics of DUI arrests from local routine traffic enforcement and special “Avoid the 38” DUI deployments in Orange County have been updated.
From 12:01 a.m., Friday, August 15, 2014 through 11:59 p.m., Thursday, August 21, 2014 officers and deputies representing 38 Orange County law enforcement agencies have arrested 281 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In 2013, 171 DUI arrests occurred during the same seven (7) day period. There were no DUI related deaths during this time (**NOTE: These numbers are only provisional with some agencies yet to report**).
For the second weekend of the campaign, both a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint will be conducted in the city of Stanton (OCSD) and a multi-agency DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint will be conducted tonight in the cities of La Palma, Los Alamitos and Seal Beach. Extra DUI saturation patrols will be deployed in the cities of Los Alamitos and Seal Beach (multi-agency). CSU Fullerton Police and the cities of Garden Grove, Seal Beach and Westminster (multi-agency) will be deploying extra DUI saturation patrols on Saturday night, August 23. All regularly scheduled traffic and patrol officers/deputies will focus efforts on stopping and arresting impaired drivers during their normal shifts.
The Sheriff’s Department, Police Departments and CHP encourage all motorists to help make your community safer: Report drunk drivers – Call 911. Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
DUI arrest data collection will continue through Labor Day, 11:59 p.m., Monday, September 1, 2014. Avoid DUI programs, named for the number of police agencies in each county, will deploy multiple DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoints, multi-agency DUI Task Force operations and local DUI saturation patrols region-wide during this 18 day Summer/Labor Day Campaign.
MEDIA NOTE: The checkpoint locations and saturation patrols will be made available for media opportunities or ride alongs each night.
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