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Beefed-Up DUI Patrols This Weekend

The Fourth of July is officially over, but the crackdown on drunk drivers will continue several days. Nearly 80 arrests are made on July 3 and 4.

The midweek July 4th holiday is over, but police will continue stepped-up patrols for intoxicated drivers into this weekend, officials said.

"With Independence Day falling on a Wednesday, many in our community will be taking the rest of the week off, so DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols will be out in force throughout the weekend in Orange County," a Sheriff's Department press release stated.

So far, arrests totals are lower this year. During the 48-hour period from 12:01 a.m. Tuesday to midnight Wednesday, officers from the California Highway Patrol and three dozen local law enforcement agencies arrested 78 people on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

In 2011, the final two days of the July 4 holiday netted 107 DUI arrests in Orange County. However the 2011 stats were part of a five-day crackdown and officials said comparisons with 2012 shouldn't be made.

In other noteworthy holiday action, on Independence Day, most for public intoxication. 

Linda Logan July 06, 2012 at 06:17 PM
This DUI prolem is SO easy to avoid. Choose not to drink and then get into a car with the keys. It is just a choice you can make. If ya can't follow through with this choice, don't drink or use. If one thinks it is one's right to drink and/or use, then, oh well, the odds are phenomenal of everything flying out of the system that one lives in. Of course, there ARE benefits of having one's life fall apart because of the right to drink and use, the benefit is that one gets to cultivate poorly placed self-righteous anger and resentment. This, of course, brings more self-righteousness and resentment towards anyone and anything getting in the way of one's "right" to continue to screw up one's life. If this makes one really mad, then there is an awful good chance that you're dependent. If so, methinks thee dost protest too much.

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