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Did you notice a lot of police cars patrolling the streets over Memorial Day weekend? Well, there were, as officers representing 38 Orange County law enforcement agencies joined forces to crack down on drunk drivers as part of the ‘Avoid the 38’ DUI Campaign. After conducting four DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoints, seven Special DUI Saturation Patrols, and numerous routine patrols, authorities arrested a total of 226 people for driving under the influence, 10 more than last year.
The California Highway Patrol’s most current records indicate that 2,816 people lost their lives on the road in 2011. Collisions involving a driver or a motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 grams per deciliter (g/dL) or higher increased from 774 in 2011 to 802 in 2012. Memorial Day weekend is one of the deadliest times to be driving, with traffic accidents claiming 29 lives and injuring 1,818 people in 2011.
The Fourth of July and Labor Day are also historically deadly holidays. In 2011, 33 people were killed and 2,152 were injured in collisions over Fourth of July weekend. Over Labor Day weekend, 34 lives were lost and 1,894 people were injured. Given the high rate of crashes on these holidays-which, like others, are often celebrated over drinks at barbeques and parties-authorities in Orange County and throughout California will also be out in full force conducting DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols on them.
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