St. Patrick's Day Weekend Kicks Off Tonight with Checkpoint in Mission Viejo; More Ops

Categories: DUI-yi-yi

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The Orange County Sheriff's Department gets a jump on St. Patrick's Day tonight with its DUI Task Force holding a DUI/driver's license checkpoint from 6 p.m. through 2 a.m. Saturday somewhere in the city of Mission Viejo.

Meanwhile, on the coast, Laguna Beach Police conduct "saturation patrols," which put extra cop cruisers on streets known for tipsy drivers, from 6 p.m. Saturday through 3 a.m. Sunday.

"DUI checkpoints have been an essential part of the phenomenal reduction in DUI deaths that we witnessed since 2006 in California," says Sgt. Yvonne Shull of the sheriff's Traffic Bureau in the operation's announcement. "But since the tragedy of DUI accounts for nearly one third of traffic fatalities, Orange County needs the high visibility enforcement and public awareness that checkpoints provide."

Funding for the sheriff's checkpoint and Laguna Beach patrols are provided by grants from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. You're encouraged to dial 9-1-1 if you spot a drunken driver.

Through this evening, this post will be updated with details on other anti-DUI operations around Orange County as they trickle in, but be aware law enforcement agencies might spring more on motorists up through late Monday (and even the wee hours of Tuesday).

Another alcohol-related operation that may be taking place in Orange County this weekend involves the sale or shadow purchases of beer, wine and booze to underage drinkers. Law enforcement agencies throughout California are participating in "Operation Shoulder Tap," which runs all day and night Saturday.

Email: mcoker@ocweekly.com. Twitter: @MatthewTCoker. Follow OC Weekly on Twitter @ocweekly or on Facebook!



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badfinger
badfinger

do this before cinco de mayo and be labeled a racist

fishwithoutbicycle
fishwithoutbicycle topcommenter

Ah...you just couldn't resist using that pic of Warwick Davis as the "Leprechaun" in honor of St. Patty's, could you? I liked him so much better in "Willow"...partly because I could see his real face. However, if Willow were a policemen he would confiscate my blackroot...

daveraines321
daveraines321

@badfinger  SSHHH, don't let tell anybody about your own racism, since they actually will be (and have been doing for years) doing the same thing before Cinco de Mayo.

20ftjesus
20ftjesus topcommenter

@fishwithoutbicycle Damn, I know who to contact for movie info.  This Willow movie only has a 50% rating on RT.  Deserved or did RT get it wrong?

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