Santa Ana Targets Cinco de Mayo Cruisers, Sheriff Focuses on Drinko de Mayo Boozers

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Santa Ana police try to smoke out Cinco de Mayo cruisers today.

Don't be surprised if you see a cop in your rear-view mirror if you spend Cinco de Mayo cruising select Santa Ana streets.

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"In an effort to provide a safe environment and minimize the impact on our local neighborhoods, the Santa Ana Police Department will be deploying extra police personnel to deal with the influx of cruiser activity experienced on Cinco de Mayo (Monday, May 5th)," reads a city advisory.

"In years past, the City of Santa Ana has contended with large crowds, congested roadways, criminal activity, and quality of life issues that affect our residents, businesses and visitors. Therefore, to mitigate these issues, an increased police presence, lane restrictions and road closures will be in effect."

Targeted areas are Bristol Street from 17th Street to Callen's Common, Main Street from 17th Street to Dyer Road, Edinger Avenue from Main Street to Raitt Street and Harbor Boulevard between Westminster Avenue and Edinger Avenue, according to the coppers.

You're warned that these operations may cause traffic delays in those areas.

Meanwhile, the Sheriff's Department announced the "Avoid the 38" DUI Task Force--the 38 refers to the number of participating Orange County law enforcement agencies--will have extra patrols out today looking for Cinco de Mayo imbibers who climb behind wheels.

"Cinco de Mayo has unfortunately become one of the most dangerous days of the year, all because of drunk driving," says Deputy Shane Stewart of the Orange County Sheriff Department's Traffic Bureau in an "Avoid the 38" statement. "We just want everyone to have a safe and happy Cinco de Mayo, by taking a few minutes ahead of time to put a plan together."

The task force passed along these tips:

1. Plan your ride ahead of time: Designate your sober driver before the fiesta begins and consider paying for their food and non-alcoholic drinks; or call a friend or taxi, or use public transportation.

2. Report drunken drivers! "Call 9-1-1. You could save a life."

3. Intervene if necessary: If you know people who are about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.

"Avoid the 38" task force says the next countywide anti-DUI deployment will be for the Memorial Day holiday weekend, May 23-26. Funding for these operations comes from a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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14 comments
vivamehico
vivamehico

wtf is wrong with a people who feel the need to drink and drive on a bullshyte holiday like cinco de mayo.. its to celebrate the mexicans beating the french, right?  the freaking french!!! gustavo's grandma can beat the french.. why dont you mexicans continue to be proud gang beating little girls??

Brainwashed_in_church
Brainwashed_in_church topcommenter

I hope the cops bust 100% of the drivers blowing 0.08% or greater.

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

Here is another public safety tip for the hypocritical criminal bastards of Orange County, CA. Don't use your police helicopter pilots for the harassment of an American citizen while they are driving (especially at night) because it might one day be considered a deliberate act of attempted murder against the target - not to mention the danger you place everyone else in. Then again J. Edgar Hoover wannabe racist sociopaths hiding behind the color of authority wouldn't care about such things.

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

Uh, How do you tell what a Cinco De Mayo cruiser looks like and how much is the so called offense for this non-crime of driving, sounds to me like a trumped up charge. Revenue Enhancement.

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

The cops are paid bullies and bullying is against the laws.

JGlanton
JGlanton topcommenter

Don't forget, kids, it's illegal to wear any depiction of the American flag on your t-shirt to school on Cinco de Mayo because it's racist or something because the skool teechrz say it makes mexican kidz go into a nuclear rage. Because the teechrz are racist.

JGlanton
JGlanton topcommenter

How many drunks did they nab on Star Wars Day?

Brainwashed_in_church
Brainwashed_in_church topcommenter

May 5th in Santa Ana makes New Years Eve look like a Sunday morning drive in a church district.

JGlanton
JGlanton topcommenter

@vivamehico   They won that battle but lost the war and the French came back and took over Mexico and it's pathetic army anyway and ruled for three years. So what the hell are they celebrating for? A symbolic victory of a lost war? Finally the U.S. came to Mexico's aid and scared France the fuck out. So really this should be a celebration thanking Yankees for giving them free stuff. 

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

Yet they're flying the AMERICAN FLAG on the flagpole outside of the school.

 Well Duuuuhhhh

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