The multi-agency “Avoid the 38” Anti-DUI Task Force has released its winter schedule, which includes DUI checkpoints from 7 tonight through 3 a.m. Saturday in Seal Beach, Laguna Hills and Los Alamitos.
Exact intersections were not revealed.
The Tustin Police Department is also amog the agencies that do not post where their DUI checkpoints will be ahead of time.
Fortunately, times are still provided: 7 p.m. Saturday through 2 a.m. Sunday.
All motorists who pass through these checkpoints will be stopped to ensure they are not driving drunk, on drugs, without a license, or all three. Funding was obtained via grants from the California
Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety
Here is the “Avoid the 38” release with more details on holiday ops, followed by another explaining why they do these things:
DUI Enforcement Operations – Winter Holiday Schedule
SANTA ANA, California (December 13, 2012) – The Orange County “Avoid the 38” DUI Task Force will be conducting enforcement operations for the Winter Holiday DUI Campaign from December 14, 2012 to January 3, 2013. Below is a schedule of operations, dates, and locations. Some agencies have yet to determine exact dates of operations.
DUI / Drivers License Checkpoints:
- City of Laguna Hills: Friday, December 14, 7:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.
- Cities of Los Alamitos and Seal Beach: Friday, December 14, 7:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.
- City of Westminster: Thursday, December 20, 7:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.
- City of Anaheim: Saturday, December 29, 7:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.
- Cities of Buena Park and Placentia: Saturday, December 29, 7:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.
DUI Saturation Patrols:
- Los Alamitos, Orange and UC Irvine Police: Friday, December 21, 8:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.
- Placentia, Buena Park and La Habra Police: Saturday, December 22, 8:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.
- Anaheim and the Cal State Fullerton Police: Saturday, December 22, 8:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.
- Fullerton Police: Monday, December 24, 8:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.
- Placentia Police: Monday, December 31, 8:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.
The following agencies will also conduct DUI Saturation Patrols throughout the campaign:
- Orange County Sheriff's Department
- Laguna Beach Police Department
- Irvine Police Department
- Tustin Police Department
- La Palma Police Department
Warrant Service Operations:
The Orange County Sheriff's Department and the Buena Park Police Department will conduct DUI Warrant Service Operations during the Winter Holiday Campaign. Exact dates will not be announced.
Grant funding for the Avoid Campaign is provided by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. For additional information about the Avoid DUI Program and regional operational plans visit www.californiaavoid.org. Statistical data on the number of DUI arrests and DUI fatal crashes will be released periodically throughout the campaign.
Orange County DUI Task Force Holiday Crackdown on Impaired Driving
SANTA ANA, California (December 13, 2012) – To help save lives this holiday season, law enforcement from 38 agencies are launching a special “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown to stop impaired drivers and to save lives on our roadways.
The Orange County 'Avoid the 38' DUI Task Force will aggressively look for impaired drivers and will arrest anyone caught driving under the influence. Enforcement efforts will include: five DUI/Driver's License Checkpoints, 15 local DUI saturation patrols, three Multi-Agency DUI Taskforce strike team patrols, and two DUI Warrant/Probation sweeps. The CHP will deploy all available officers during two maximum enforcement periods during Christmas and New Year's weekends. The special enforcement crackdown will take place from December 14, 2012 through January 1, 2013.
“Lots of folks will be out during this busy holiday season, enjoying themselves and the holiday festivities, and we want everyone to be safe on our roadways,” said Deputy Wayne Howard with the Orange County Sheriff's Department Traffic Bureau. “We will be stepping up enforcement to catch and arrest impaired drivers. Please be forewarned. If you are caught driving impaired, you will be arrested. No warnings. No excuses.”
In 2010, more than 10,000 people were killed nationwide in motor vehicle traffic crashes involving an impaired driver. The same year, 791 people died in California and 51 individuals were killed in Orange County. The holiday season can be a dangerous time. During December 2010, 30% of all fatalities in motor vehicle traffic accidents involved alcohol-impaired drivers. Data also shows that among those alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities, 71% occurred when drivers had nearly twice the legal limit of .15% blood alcohol concentration or higher.
“No one ever thinks that their holiday celebration will end in jail, or worse, in a hospital or the morgue,” said Deputy Howard. “But for those who include alcohol in their celebrations and then get behind the wheel, this is too often the case.”
DUI violators face jail time, loss of driver license, and steep financial consequences such as higher insurance rates, attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of job.
The Orange County DUI Task Force offers three simple steps for drivers to stay safe and out of trouble:
1. Plan ahead. If you will be drinking, do not plan on driving. Designate a sober driver or find another safe way home. Even one too many drinks increases the risk of a crash while driving a motor vehicle.
2. If you are impaired, find another way home. Use a taxi, call a sober friend or use public transportation.
3. Be responsible. If someone you know is drinking, do not let them get behind the wheel. If you see an impaired driver on the road, Report Them – Call 911! Your actions may save someone's life, and inaction could cost a life.
“We want everyone to enjoy their holidays, but we also want our roadways to be safe,” said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS). “Police, Sheriffs and the CHP will be out in force to help save lives, and they are not going to tolerate impaired driving. So remember, 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.' They will be watching.”
The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown is led by the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), with the California Avoid DUI Task Force Campaign combining high-visibility enforcement, heightened public awareness and impaired driving deterrence through publicity.
Matt Coker has been engaging, enraging and entertaining readers of newspapers, magazines and websites for decades. He spent the first 13 years of his career in journalism at daily newspapers before “graduating” to OC Weekly in 1995 as the paper’s first calendar editor. He went on to be managing editor, executive editor and is now senior staff writer.