Valentine’s Day fell on a Saturday of a three-day weekend this year,
and for many that meant more time to celebrate with loved ones. Due to
the fact that couples and singles like to visit restaurants and bars,
and enjoy a few drinks during the holiday weekend, law enforcement across
Orange County were on high alert for drunk and impaired motorists.
During the past weekend, OC law enforcement officials conducted a number
of DUI saturation patrols involving an increased presence of officers.
These officers were looking specifically for drivers who displayed signs
of impairment. Additionally, officers in various parts of the County also
set up checkpoints throughout the weekend to stop and arrest motorists
who may have been drinking too much during their celebrations.
During one sobriety checkpoint set up in San Clemente last Friday night,
a 29-year-old man failed to stop when approaching the checkpoint and collided
with barriers officers had set up. According to officials, no deputies
or bystanders were injured and the suspect was taken into custody under
suspicion of DUI. That particular checkpoint screen 523 cars and administered
field sobriety tests to 10 drivers on Friday night. Other OC agencies
have also reported DUI arrests and checkpoint statistics over the 3-day weekend.
Routine efforts of increasing
DUI enforcement help officers raise awareness that they are aggressively enforcing
DUI laws. The same holds true in the local court system, where accused
individuals face harsh penalties. If you or someone you know has been
arrested for DUI in Orange County, working with an experienced defense
attorney could make the difference in your case.
To learn more about your case and how the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry,
Inc. can help you,
contact our firm for a FREE consultation.