It’s that time of year again, the time for holiday cheer, Santa suits,
White Elephant parties, and of course, plenty of eggnog and champaign
to go around. It’s also the time of year when Orange County’s
law enforcement kicks their anti-DUI campaign into high gear.
The campaign is called “Get Sober or Get Pulled Over,” and
it set up its first
checkpoints over the weekend in Tustin, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach and Costa Mesa.
According to news releases, seven people were arrested for driving under
the influence of alcohol or
drugs during the Friday night checkpoints in Costa Mesa and Huntington Beach.
The Costa Mesa and Huntington Beach checkpoints were funded by grants from
the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The Tustin checkpoint ran from 8 p.m. Friday (Dec. 18) night through Saturday
at 3 a.m., according to Sgt. Andrew Birozy.
The Garden Grove checkpoint ran from 9 p.m. Friday evening through 3 a.m.
on Saturday, with a repeat performance at another location in the city
over the same period Saturday night through Sunday morning, according
to Lt. Robert Bogue.
‘Get Sober or Get Pulled Over’ in Orange County
In recent blogs, our DUI attorneys have been warning readers about Orange
County law enforcement’s anti-drinking and driving campaign that
goes into full force during the holidays.
Now that local law enforcement in Garden Grove, Tustin, Costa Mesa and
Huntington Beach have announced their DUI checkpoints to the general public,
more Orange County residents are learning that the “Get Sober or
Get Pulled Over” campaign is not a myth, it’s for real.
As far as we know, the next announced DUI checkpoint is for the Newport
Beach Police Department on Wednesday, Dec. 23.
Due to the “Get Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, many of
Orange County’s police departments are conducting extra holiday
saturation patrols to nab drunk drivers. “Saturation patrols”
go out of their way to assign officers to certain streets that are known
for having DUI arrests, accidents and fatalities.
According to an announcement from the Garden Grove Police Department, its
saturation patrols begin Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve) and continue each night
through Jan. 2.
If you’re arrested for DUI during the holidays, don’t hesitate to
reach out to the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. to work with one of the OC’s
top DUI defense firms!