OC Sheriff pledges aggressive DUI enforcement for Halloween weekend

The Orange County Sheriff is alerting drivers that a DUI task force will spearhead a crack down on drunk driving this Halloween weekend. “Law enforcement officers throughout the region will be out in full force arresting and removing drunk drivers from our roads,” said Sgt. J. Brittain of the Sheriff’s Department’s Traffic Bureau.
“With Halloween falling on a Saturday this year, we want to make sure revelers aren’t taking the party to the roadways, putting trick-or-treaters and responsible motorists at risk,” Brittain said.
The “Avoid the 12″ Task Force — named for 12 area agencies that enforce drunk driving laws — will be deploying additional DUI patrols on Friday & Saturday night, according to the Sheriff’s Department. And, every traffic and patrol officer working this weekend will be focusing on removing impaired drivers from the roads.
The Sheriff’s department offered the following tips to “Avoid the 12″:

  • Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin
  • Before drinking, designate a sober driver
  • No designated driver? Use a safe alternative: a taxi, a sober friend or family member, or public transportation
  • Report drunk drivers: call 911. If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact law enforcement