The "Avoid the 38" Task Force--that's 38 as in the number of Orange County law enforcement agencies that belong to the task force--warns that it will have checkpoints and extra patrols out on the hunt for boozy and druggy drivers this Halloween night and weekend.
"The DUI task force is deploying extra DUI deputies/officers and staffing multiple DUI/drivers license Checkpoints on Halloween night to supplement routine patrol officers on one of the most deadly nights of the year," reads an advisory from the Orange County Sheriff's Department, which administers "Avoid the 38."
"Both deputies and officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and or drug impairment during every enforcement contact all weekend long."
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To that end, the department suggests either driving sober or designating a sober driver this weekend through OC. They also passed along these tips:
* Before the Halloween festivities begin, plan a way to safely get home at the end of the night. * Always designate a sober driver. * If you are drunk take a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation. * Walking impaired can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. Designate a sober friend to walk you home. * If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact local law enforcement. * If you know someone who is about to drive or ride impaired, take their keys and help them make safe travel arrangements to where they are going.
Funding for the checkpoints and saturation patrols comes from California Office of Traffic Safety grants, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.