A holiday long associated with drinking, St. Patrick’s Day proved an especially busy time for law enforcement in Orange County. From 6 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Sunday, police and California Highway Patrol officers arrested 64 motorists on suspicion of driving under the influence, reported the Orange County Register.
“While a time for celebration with friends and family, holidays are unfortunately often marked by a high incidence of fatal and injury crashes involving alcohol,” explained an auto accident attorney in Orange County.
Recognizing this problem, the California Office of Traffic Safety has provided funding for DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols through its AVOID Anti-DUI Program. Established in the winter of 1973, the program has contributed to the declining incidence of alcohol-related fatalities in the state, down from 924 in 2009 to 791 in 2010. The next enforcement campaign will be conducted over Cinco de Mayo.
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