Newport Beach Cops Hold Special DUI Patrols All Weekend

Don't drink like a fish and drive in Newps this weekend.
Don't drink like a fish and drive in Newps this weekend.
Jay Brockman

UPDATE, FEB. 17, 4:33 P.M.: The Orange County Sheriff's Department has announced its own saturation patrols from 7 tonight through 3 a.m. Saturday in Laguna Hills and Laguna Niguel.

ORIGINAL POST, FEB. 17, 5:40 A.M.: Special units of Newport Beach police officers will be on the hunt for alcohol- and drug-impaired drivers 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. daily tonight through Monday.

The department's saturation patrols focus on areas of the city  with the highest frequencies of DUI collisions and/or arrests, according to an advisory.

Over the past three years, officers have investigated 373 DUI collisions in which four people died and 303 were injured, the Newport Beach Police Department says.

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Drivers on the wrong side of a Breathalyzer can expect jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

Funding for the DUI operation comes from a California Office of Traffic Safety grant, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


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