[UPDATED with Final Tallies:] Fourth of July Surprise! Stepped Up DUI Checkpoints and Patrols
From 12:01 a.m. Friday through midnight Monday, officers representing 38 county law enforcement agencies arrested 211 people for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
There were 108 DUI arrests during the July 4, 2010, holiday weekend.
No DUI deaths were reported over this year's four-day holiday period.
"The Task Force ended up with quite a few more arrests this year than it did during the same period last year," says Deputy Wayne Howard of the Orange County Sheriff's Department Traffic Bureau, in the Avoid the 38 wrap-up statement. "We will continue to show zero tolerance, and anyone caught driving with a [blood-alcohol content] of .08 or higher will be arrested."
Irvine police released individual figures from its Saturday night checkpoint on Culver Drive at Farwell:
Vehicle stopped: 505
Sobriety tests: 5
DUI arrests: 1
Citations issued: 3
The California Highway Patrol, which had all available personnel on Orange County freeways, highways and unincorporated roads it patrols, reported 69 DUI arrests from 6 p.m. Friday to midnight Monday. Over the same holiday period last year, the CHP lodged 51 DUI arrests within its OC jurisdiction, where there were no fatalities. There was one this year.
My colleague Chasen Marshall updated his post on Newport Beach's "Loud and Unruly Gatherings Ordinance" that was enforced over the historically unruly Fourth of July weekend: 15 homes were "red-tagged" and 59 arrests were made, according to Newport Beach police.
Those arrest numbers were essentially the same as previous Fourths in Newport.
Meanwhile, local law enforcement is gearing up for an 18-day anti-DUI campaign in August through Labor Day weekend. Visit CaliforniaAvoid for more details.