The Avoid the 38 – Orange County DUI Task Force will deploy DUI saturation patrols throughout Orange County during the Cinco de Mayo weekend starting at 6 p.m. Friday, May 4. The California Highway Patrol will deploy extra patrols onto freeways and in unincorporated county jurisdictions to stop, test and arrest impaired drivers who fail to use a designated driver.
Cinco de Mayo is a special opportunity to gather with friends and co-workers for chips, salsa and Margaritas, celebrating California’s rich cultural diversity. It is also a night when dangerous and often deadly outcomes occur because another impaired driver hits the road drunk. Local venues are planning special reduced rates for drinks creating the probability for even higher numbers of intoxicated drivers for a Saturday night. DUI statistics indicate the greatest number of DUI deaths and injuries occur late Saturday night/early Sunday morning, which is why law enforcement will be out in force as a deterrent.
“Driving after you have been drinking is just not worth the risk,” said Deputy Wayne Howard of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Traffic Bureau. “Everyone should be promoting the use of a designated sober driver in advance, well before the drinking begins.”
Plan ahead with these tips: Arrange rides home for your friends, family, co-workers and yourself before the drinking begins. Party hosts and servers must limit drinks to your guests or patrons. Don’t serve more than one or two over several hours. Cut back on the amount of drinks you plan to bring to the party – and provide plenty of food. If you see dangerous driving, report drunk drivers by calling 9-1-1!