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Costa Mesa Police Department
Tuesday August 20th, 2013 :: 02:20 p.m. PDT


CMPD to Participate in an End of Summer DUI Crackdown - August 16 through September 2

The Costa Mesa Police Department will be joining law enforcement agencies throughout California stepping up DUI enforcement at the end of the traditional summer season through Labor Day – August 16 through September 2.

During this crackdown period, there will be an increase in law enforcement presence on the roads, including additional officers and DUI checkpoints throughout the state. Anyone caught driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs will be arrested.

The Costa Mesa Police Department’s Traffic Bureau will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on August 30th, at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 8pm and 3am. There will be specially trained officers on hand at the checkpoint to detect drivers under the influence of alcohol, as well as legal or illegal drugs.

“The end of summer and Labor Day weekend is traditionally a time to have fun,” said Sergeant Bryan Wadkins. “Don’t let it turn into a time of tragedy or a visit to our jail by driving impaired with alcohol or drugs. We will be out there looking for anyone making that unwise and dangerous decision.”

Costa Mesa Police Department will be joining the CHP, Avoid DUI Task Forces and over 115 other local police departments across the state. In 2011, 774 California drivers with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher were killed in alcohol-impaired crashes. A first-time DUI conviction can cost up to $10,000 in fines, legal fees, and insurance increases.

During the Labor Day weekend in 2011, a total of 138 people across the county were killed in motor vehicle traffic collision involving drivers or motorcycle riders with a .08 BAC or higher. Of those fatalities, 83 percent occurred during early evening and overnight.

The California Office of Traffic Safety is reminding Californians to plan ahead during the crackdown and every other day by designating a sober driver.

Funding for this checkpoint is provided to Costa Mesa Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to continue to work together to bring an end to these preventable tragedies.

If you see a Drunk Driver – Call 9-1-1.

Costa Mesa Police Department
99 Fair Dr
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 714-754-5252

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