Multiple local news articles have revealed that over 200 arrests have been reported over the Memorial Day Weekend in Orange County alone on suspicion of driving under the influence.
The reports have showed that several local law enforcement agencies set several check points across the state from Friday to Monday night, which resulted in 219 arrests. Fortunately, fatalities related to auto crashes in the region have not been reported so far. Last year, according to the Sheriff’s Department, the authorities saw 201 DUI arrests and two fatalities during the same Memorial Day weekend.
The “Avoid The 38”campaign put several law enforcement agencies in checkpoints all across the country to prevent drunken drivers from causing accidents on California roads. According to the California Highway Patrol, 74 arrests related to intoxicated driving have been made by their officers during this year’s Memorial Day Weekend, which is a major increase when compared to the 53 arrests made by CHP troopers last year during the same weekend period.
The California Office of Traffic Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have funded this campaign and will be making the next “Avoid The 38” campaign possible during the 4th of July weekend.
Drivers in California are urged to keep it in mind that it’s imperative that you keep it in mind that driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is dangerous and illegal. The moment you get behind the wheel while intoxicated, you’re risking not only your life but also the lives of several others.