Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
Packed with holiday parties and Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations where alcohol is often served, December is among the deadliest months of the year for drivers, with drunk driving crashes claiming 505 lives in California from 2007 to 2011, according to the CHP. For those of us wondering how law enforcement plans to keep our roads safe this holiday season, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department has released the schedule for its DUI Task Force Holiday crackdown.
Using grants from the California Office of Traffic Safety, local law enforcement will unite from December 13, 2013 to January 1, 2014 to remove drunk, unlicensed, and scofflaw drivers from Orange County streets.
DUI/Drivers License Checkpoints 7 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Fullerton: Thursday, 12/12
Santa Ana and Laguna Woods: Friday, 12/13 Brea and Huntington Beach: Saturday, 12/14 Seal Beach, Los Alamitos, and Cypress: Friday, 12/20 Santa Ana: Saturday, 12/21 Huntington Beach and La Habra: Friday, 12/27 Santa Ana and Westminster: Friday, 12/27 Anaheim: Saturday, 12/28 Garden Grove: Tuesday, 12/31
DUI Saturation Patrols 7 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Los Alamitos: Friday, 12/13 Costa Mesa: Thursday, 12/19 La Habra, Placentia, Brea, CSU Fullerton: Saturday, 12/21 Seal Beach, Los Alamitos, Westminster: Friday, 12/27 Westminster: Saturday 12/28 Tustin: Monday, 12/30 Anaheim and Placentia: Tuesday, 12/31
Revelers who choose to drink and drive face a host of consequences if caught: jail time, license suspension, higher insurance rates, attorney fees, court costs, car towing and repair expenses-and, worst of all, taking the life of another.
Designate a sober driver this December.