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Orange County's Holiday Checkpoints Begin

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!