Labor Day weekend is one of the most prominent holidays for DUI enforcement in Southern California and across the United States. This weekend, you can expect to see increased DUI patrols and sobriety checkpoints throughout Orange County, in connection with the "Avoid the 38" DUI Task Force, which represents 38 participating law enforcement agencies in Orange County that are working together to combat drunk driving.
September 1st marks the end of a national Summer/Labor Day drunk driving prevention campaign. Statistically, Labor Day weekend is associated with drunk driving injuries and fatalities. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), on Labor Day weekend in 2012, nearly 4 in 10 fatal accidents involved a drunk driver. 750 people were killed in drunk driving accidents over Labor Day weekend in the past 5 years. The NHTSA drives the point home with the statement: "The end of summer shouldn't mean the end of your life."
To address the pressure to prevent DUI-related fatalities, law enforcement agencies across the country are implementing checkpoints and patrols. According to the Orange County Sheriff's Department, early numbers show that 281 DUI arrests were made by the 38 participating law enforcement agencies in the first week of the 18-day campaign, between August 15 and August 21, and there have been no reported DUI-related fatalities during this time. There were 171 DUI arrests during the same 7-day period last year.
As Labor Day approaches, Orange County drivers can expect to see more officers on the road, patrolling for drunk drivers. Officers on routine patrol will also be on the lookout for drivers who may be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and various sobriety/driver's license checkpoints will be conducted to deter and catch drunk drivers.
A DUI saturation patrol is scheduled for Orange, CA on Friday August 29 from 7pm to 3am, and driver's license checkpoints and saturation patrols may be expected in Brea, Buena Park, Westminster, Irvine, Tustin and Anaheim. These checkpoints and patrols typically target areas where high numbers of DUI accidents have been reported.
As a part of the Summer/Labor Day drunk driving prevention campaign, data collection for DUI arrests will continue through 11:59pm September 1, 2014. Stay tuned for more information about upcoming DUI checkpoints and DUI arrests in Orange County over the weekend.
Fighting Labor Day DUI Arrests & Charges
Arranging for a designated driver or other form of transportation, such as a taxi or newer car service like Uber is the easiest way to avoid a DUI arrest, but what if you are wrongfully pulled over? If you have questions about fighting a Labor Day DUI, we at the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry may be able to help. An arrest does not have to equal a conviction, as evidenced by our many successes in and out of the courtroom in DUI defense.
You may have been wrongfully pulled over simply for leaving a bar on Labor Day, or maybe you were stopped at a DUI checkpoint and were subject to an illegal search. By reviewing every aspect of the police stop, arrest and breath test or blood test, an Orange County DUI attorney can determine how to defend your rights and protect your interests in the face of your charges. Call our firm today for more information – we are here to help.