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DUI Total for the Long 4th of July Weekend in Orange County: 214 Arrests

There were no DUI-related deaths reported during the four-day campaign.

Deputies, police and California Highway Patrol officers made 214 arrests for suspected DUI this 4th of July weekend. Photo courtesy the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
Deputies, police and California Highway Patrol officers made 214 arrests for suspected DUI this 4th of July weekend. Photo courtesy the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

From the Orange County Sheriff's Department:

The Independence Day Weekend Anti-DUI crackdown is reporting DUI arrests from local routine traffic enforcement and special ‘Avoid the 38’ DUI deployments in Orange County.

From 12:01 a.m., Thursday July 3 through midnight, Sunday July 6, officers representing 38 Orange County law enforcement agencies arrested 214 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. 

There were no DUI-related deaths reported during the four-day campaign. Last year, the holiday was a five-day campaign period which resulted in 247 arrests and two DUI deaths. (NOTE: These numbers are only provisional with some agencies yet to report) 

Law enforcement officials will be conducting its next major Avoid DUI campaign throughout the county and region during the 18-Day Summer Campaign beginning Aug. 17 and ending on Labor Day weekend. Sheriff, police and the CHP encourage all motorists to watch for and report impaired drivers every trip around town by calling 911. 

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.



Jeff Santoni July 08, 2014 at 11:07 PM
Penny, any specifics regarding the checkpoint at Greenfield and Crown Valley in Laguna Niguel Thursday July 3rd? How many vehicles passed through, how many stopped, and how many detained/arrested for DUI, Unlicensed, Expired Registration, etc?
Dwight July 09, 2014 at 09:51 AM
Jeff, great question. I always look at the police blotter to try and figure this out as well. I am not sure if they are all reported. It would be interesting to know as many folks take that route back home from Laguna to avoid the upper part of town for the same reason. http://ws.ocsd.org/Blotter/
Bob Phillips July 09, 2014 at 05:42 PM
ZERO deaths is a GOOD thing! Hopefully, the ones arrested were put in JAIL! Keep up the good work, law enforcement - keep these idiots off the road!
Dwight July 09, 2014 at 06:03 PM
Bob, no that is not what I meant. If you start at the beginning of the conversation, you will see that I am answering a question as to how many people were arrested. My intention is not to dodge checkpoints. My son just turned 16 and I have brought him through a couple of them to educate him as well. We had one in Mission Viejo a few weeks back. I checked the blotter to see if there were any arrests. I think there was one. Unless some do not get reported. There is no dodging DUI's down here. Eventually whomever does it, will get caught. D-
Dwight July 09, 2014 at 06:04 PM
Bob, unfortunately, DUI checkpoints will not keep the idiots off of the road. If they are not drinking, they might be texting.

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