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Holiday DUI Crackdown Totals 971 OC Arrests

The figure is up over last year's, says the O.C. Sheriff's Department. And agencies are already thinking ahead to operations for Super Bowl Sunday and St. Patrick's Day.

Orange County law enforcement's holiday driving crackdown resulted in 971 DUI arrests, according to the Sheriff's Department.

The city, county and state agencies involved in the Avoid the 38 campaign, which took place from Dec. 14 to Jan. 1, used sobriety checkpoints, special saturation patrols and routine patrols in its effort to curb impaired driving. The campaign's name refers to the number of agencies taking part.

According to the Sheriff's Department, last year's arrest total was 836. As during last year, there were no DUI deaths in Orange County during the campaign dates, though the figures for this campaign are provisional, says the department; some agencies have yet to report.

Law enforcement is already planning for more such operations—during Super Bowl Sunday in February and then again for  St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in March.

Grant funding for the holiday program was provided by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which contends that sobriety checkpoint programs can yield cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent.

George P. Burdell January 05, 2013 at 09:56 AM
OK bickersons, You have earned yourself a nice little New Year's joke: --------------------------------------------------------- One new year's eve night a police officer was stalking out a particularly rowdy bar for possible DUI violations. At closing time, he saw a fellow stumble out of the bar, trip over the curb, and try his keys on five different cars, before he found his own car. This "falling down drunk" got in and sat in the front seat fumbling around with his keys for several minutes. Meanwhile, the other patrons began leaving the bar and drove off while the officer kept his eye on the "falling down drunk" guy. Finally after fumbling for his keys for so long, he found the correct key, started his engine and began to slowly pull away. The police officer was waiting for him. As soon as he pulled onto the street, the officer stopped the "falling down drunk" guy, read him his rights and administered the Breathalyzer test to determine his blood-alcohol content. The results showed a reading of 0.0. The puzzled officer demand to know how that could be? The driver replied: "Tonight I'm the designated decoy."
MFriedrich January 07, 2013 at 01:57 AM
What you know couldn't fill an empty sack. Look it's not my fault that what you define as "salient" or call an "argument" is unlettered and shoddily structured. I suggest you give the whole thing up and start on another unrelated thread.
JustUs January 07, 2013 at 02:48 AM
More attacks without substance from mfriendrich. Par for the course. That seems to be his trademark. When he has no rational argument his shallow mind searches and searches for an insult. He probably goes on-line and researches insults then comes up with something as lame as this: "What you know couldn't fill an empty sack." Thanks once again for the victory, mfriedrich. You are way too easy. :^)
JustUs January 07, 2013 at 02:52 AM
That's the reason the cop would follow him for a couple blocks. If he were as drunk as he appeared to be he would swearve over white or yellow line or make wide or narrow turns. Then if he couldn't be cited for drunk driving, he would be cited for breaking other traffic laws. Very easy solution. And probably the last time he would ever act as a decoy drunk. heh. Btw, the joke really wasn't very funny. What it home made by chance? :)
MFriedrich January 07, 2013 at 03:42 AM
This supposed mastery of the argument on LF Patch obviously makes you a legend in your own mind. How many imaginary debate victory trophies are in that attic of yours?

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