It's not a holiday weekend for another couple weeks, but multiple Orange County police agencies are running anti-DUI operations tonight, including checkpoints in Buena Park, Newport Beach and Garden Grove.
Up first is the Buena Park Police Department Traffic Unit operation from 7 p.m. through 3 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of Beach Boulevard and Stanton Avenue.
That unit's counterparts in Newport Beach hold a DUI/drivers license checkpoint of their own from 8 p.m. through 2 a.m.
The location of that one is undisclosed, as is the one from 9 p.m. through 3 a.m. in Garden Grove.
Officers at all three locations will be stopping motorists briefly and checking for signs of alcohol or drug impairment, with some specifically trained to spot the latter.
Meanwhile, deputies from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s DUI Enforcement Team will be out trying to remove drunk and/or drugged drivers off roads in Aliso Viejo, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel and Laguna Woods from 7 p.m. through 3 a.m. Saturday.
The South County operations are known as “saturation patrols” involving specifically assigned deputies. The Newport Beach Police Department says it will add special roving DUI saturation patrols to its regular staffing starting on Wednesday.
It's part of Orange County law enforcement gearing up for another busy Labor Day weekend, as 40 percent of all fatal crashes from the Friday evening before the 2014 holiday through early the following Tuesday involved drunken drivers.
By the way, cops warn that even those under the influence of prescription medication face DUI arrests and such penalties as jail time, fines, fees, classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000 not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out.
Each department receives funding for anti-DUI enforcement from separate California Office of Traffic Safety grants, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.