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DUI Xmas Warning: 'You'd Better Watch Out'

Thirty-eight agencies—using checkpoints, warrant sweeps and increased patrols—are out to get impaired drivers through Jan. 3

Orange County's DUI task force has a holiday warning for drivers: “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”

According to the Sheriff's Department, the 38-agency DUI Task Force program, which continues through Jan. 3, will utilize DUI/driver's license checkpoints; local DUI saturation patrols; multi-agency DUI task force strike team patrols; and DUI warrant/probation sweeps. And, during Christmas and New Year's weekends, the California Highway Patrol will deploy all available officers.

"If you are caught driving impaired, you will be arrested," said Deputy Wayne Howard with the Sheriff’s Department traffic bureau. "No warnings. No excuses.”

The department reminds drivers that DUI violators can get jail time, lose their driver's license and face higher insurance rates, attorney fees and court costs, as well as lose pay—or even a job—through lost work time.

Throughout the campaign, the Sheriff’s Department and Laguna Beach, Irvine, Tustin and La Palma police departments will conduct DUI saturation patrols. Other agencies have announced these schedules:

  • Los Alamitos, Orange and UC Irvine police: Dec. 21, 8 p.m.-3 a.m.
  • Placentia, Buena Park and La Habra: Dec. 22, 8 p.m.-3 a.m.
  • Anaheim and Cal State Fullerton police: Dec. 22, 8 p.m.-3 a.m.
  • Fullerton police: Dec. 24, 8 p.m.-3 a.m.
  • Placentia police: Dec. 31, 8 p.m.-3 a.m.

Scheduled DUI/driver's license checkpoints:

  • Anaheim: Dec. 29, 7 p.m.-3 a.m.
  • Buena Park, Placentia: Dec. 29, 7 p.m.-3 a.m.

The Sheriff’s Department and Buena Park police will conduct DUI warrant service operations during the campaign but will not announce the dates.

Grant funding for the Orange County effort comes from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

JustUs December 21, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Yes, all you innocent teetotalers. Be very careful. As you mind your own darned business driving down the roadway a sober as a church mouse a Stazi on the side of the road could wave you over for a forced interrogation and search of your car. That same Stazi could be watching the door of a bar down the street and pick off the drunks like fish in a barrel as they jump in their cars and exit the parking lot. Why don't they, you say? Because the bar owners would get mad at them and the city could lose money when they take their businesses elsewhere. So instead they harass you and violate your right to free movement along the city streets that YOU pay for. Let's just get one thing straight. None of this really has anything to do with saving lives. It's all about POWER and MONEY. Otherwise they would go where the drunks are - THE BARS - and pick them off like flies as they drive from the parking lots. "Saving lives" is only a code phrase. This is about forcing their power down your throats. More truth!
Dusty W Otero December 21, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Saving lives is not a code...mental obsession for alcohol or cigarettes is a code 19-20-21-22-9-4==STUPID according to our English alphabet..
Shirley December 21, 2012 at 08:50 PM
I just have no idea what we would do with out JustUs or his very wise throughts. I love your code Dusty, sure does make a lot of sense.
Roy Rivenburg December 21, 2012 at 11:05 PM
Shouldn't 22 be 16?
JustUs December 22, 2012 at 12:23 AM
No one can provide a logical counterargument to my viewpoint on this topic - because there is no logical counterargument. :) And that is why you see the nonsense one-liners. :) Thanks for the reinforcement, my friends. :)
MFriedrich December 22, 2012 at 06:02 AM
"Oh, nobody countered my stupid comment about drunk driving enforcement, ergo I'm the winner! Ha ha!" Andromeda, what are you, like 8 years old? Don't inconvenience me or my freedoms to halt drunk drivers. Their just enjoying their own...oh wait minute: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/11/family-of-man-killed-by-alleged-dui-driver-calls-death-unimaginable.html
JustUs December 22, 2012 at 06:48 AM
Yes, and there's no doubt in my mind that in 1938 Hitler put together a news blitzkreig about how dangerous certain Jewish people were and that it was necessary to take action to save the Vaterland. The rest is history. We are supposed to be a Constitutional Republic that follows the tenets passed along in the Bill of Rights. Innocent people are not supposed to be punished (or even inconvenienced) for the acts of a handful of criminals. That's not the nation I was born into. Sorry. And I certainly won't condone it like Hitler's henchmen condoned his actions. I told you there are perfectly LOGICAL optional ways to catch drunk drivers. You target the places that drunks frequent - like BARS - and put undercover cop cars in the parking lot waiting for a drunk to stagger out the front door to his car. And you pop him when he drives from the parking lot. There is no expectation of privacy as a drunk leaves a bar. And the bar owner has NO right to immunity from police surveillance. But the cities REFUSE to take that common sense enforcement action because it would make the bar owners made. But they don't mind ticking off an innocent law-abiding citizen minding his own business who is FORCED to undergo a police interrogation and invasive search. So you know the 'war on drunk drivers' is not about saving lives. It's about POWER and MONEY. Now respond to that mfriedrich. hah. But I know you won't. You'll run away because I make too much sense, don't I?
JustUs December 22, 2012 at 06:39 PM
What happened to my friend, mfriedrich? Did he get wrapped up in one of Carry Nation's old novels and forget about our discussion? I hate it when it ends this way. No one goes all 10 rounds with me. It's discouraging and disappointing.

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