Local law enforcement agencies made more than 150 arrests for drivers under the influence over the past weekend throughout Orange County.
According to the OC Sheriff’s Department’s traffic unit, county agencies reported a total of 153 DUI arrests from the early evening of Friday August 17th to the end of the night on Sunday August 19th.
The weekend effort is a part of a larger awareness campaign called “Avoid the 38” being run by the Sheriff’s Department, local city departments, and the California Highway Patrol, which continues through the Labor Day weekend; a time in which drunk driving is all too common. The name of the campaign refers to the 38 law enforcement agencies in Orange County.
More sobriety checkpoints are set to be in place over the next two weekends in San Juan Capistrano and Brea though specific locations will not be announced, with roving patrols also being set out this weekend in Placentia and Garden Grove in hopes to catch inebriated drivers from causing dangerous accidents.
Active patrols will be set up throughout Laguna Beach, La Habra, Los Alamitos, Orange, Tustin, Westminster, UC Irvine, Anaheim, and Cal State Fullerton over the weekend as well.
Police are hopeful that the campaign will actively discourage drivers from potentially taking to the wheel over the next few weekends, which typically see a much higher than average number of DUI related incidents as people celebrate the holiday.
Funding for the campaign has been provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Organization.
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