The holidays not only bring good cheer and festivities to the cities of Orange County, but they also bring lots of money to the county to conduct DUI Checkpoints, placing more police officers on the streets to stop DUI offenders.
The State of California Office of Traffic Safety has recently given many grants to cities around Orange County to enforce DUI laws.
Huntington Beach received a $107,500.00 grant for DUI enforcement and they will be conducting a checkpoint on Saturday Dec. 22, 2012 at 9pm.
Newport Beach has received $75,000 for a new traffic safety grant for an anti-DUI program. They also received $110,000 for a year-long program aimed at preventing deaths and injuries on the roadways through special enforcement and public awareness efforts (such as DUI Checkpoints).
Laguna Beach will be conducting DUI Checkpoints and DUI Roving Saturation Patrols this weekend as well.
Costa Mesa received $160,000 from the State to enforce DUI laws.
Irvine received $88,300 from the State for DUI enforcement.
The moral: Beware. If you are drinking any amount of alcohol at your holiday festivities, the broken brake light or the absence of your front license plate, both missing for months, will become a reason for a police stop and possible DUI investigation. Remember, “drunk driving” is a misnomer as an officer only has to find you are “under the influence” (a very vague and subjective term) OR a test results in a .08 blood alcohol level or above and if you’re like me, I have no idea when I reach a .08. Happy Holidays and be safe.