Memorial Day is a holiday during which many people enjoy a three-day weekend and the kick-off of summer. Like most holidays, Memorial Day weekend has become a time for parties, barbecues, and drinking. Unfortunately, we've seen that holiday celebrations can quickly become dangerous when intoxicated drivers get behind the wheel. According to statistics, holidays and holiday weekends record some of the highest rates of drunk driving accidents, injuries, and fatalities.
To deter motorists from driving under the influence over the long weekend, a number of law enforcement agencies throughout Orange County and the country conducted DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols. Their efforts were focused on arresting impaired motorists.
One DUI checkpoint – conducted by the Huntington Beach Police Department on Friday May 23rd – resulted in five DUI arrests. The checkpoint was held on Main Street and Palm Avenue from 7:15 pm to 2:20 am because the location has a history of alcohol-related incidents. In the past year, authorities have reported a total of 8 DUI accidents on Main Street, including two alcohol-related injuries.
Officials have reported the following results from the checkpoint:
- 465 vehicles / drivers were screen
- Authorities administered 7 field sobriety tests
- 4 drivers were arrested under suspicion of DUI-alcohol
- 1 driver was arrests for a DUI warrant
- 2 drivers were cited for driving without a license
- 5 drivers were cited for vehicle code violations
Local authorities will continue to conduct checkpoints and saturation points throughout the summer, including one planned checkpoint by the Huntington Beach Police Department on August 16. If you or someone you know is arrested for driving under the influence at a checkpoint or anywhere else in Orange County, the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry can help. Call (949) 537-2202 for a free consultation.