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July 4th DUI Arrests and Deaths Down in Orange County

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Fewer people were caught while driving drunk or involved in fatal car accidents on Orange County roads over the July 4th weekend. Compared to the five-day anti-DUI crackdown last year, when law enforcement participating in the Avoid the 38 campaign arrested 247 people for driving under the influence and there were 2 DUI deaths, 214 individuals were arrested between July 3rd and July 6th and no alcohol-related fatalities were recorded this year. The next Avoid DUI campaign will begin August 17th and end after Labor Day weekend.

A time when friends and family unite for barbeques and parties, summer holiday weekends can turn tragic when drivers forget not to take the wheel after drinking. According to the California Highway Patrol’s most current crash data, 33 people lost their lives and 2,152 were injured in collisions that occurred on July 4, 2011.

As Labor Day weekend approaches, let’s all remember to celebrate responsibly by not drinking and driving, taking keys away from and calling cabs for those who are about to, and serving plenty of food and nonalcoholic beverages at parties.

How did you avoid drinking and driving last Fourth of July?

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