Laguna PD to Beef up DUI Patrols this Saturday

This is a ‘zero tolerance’ crackdown, says a police department press release.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.
From a Laguna Beach Police Department press release:

Officers from the Laguna Beach Police Department will be deploying this weekend to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers in the Department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign. 

DUI saturation patrols will deploy on Saturday March 15 between the hours of 6 p.m. and 3 a.m. in areas with high frequencies of DUI collisions and/or arrests. 

“This is a ‘zero tolerance’ crackdown so drive sober or get pulled over!”  

After falling dramatically for five straight years, figures for 2012 show an increase to 802 deaths because someone failed to designate a sober driver.

“Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed 1 life and resulted in 37 injury crashes harming 52 of our friends and neighbors,” said Lieutenant Jeff Calvert.  

DUI can impact the economy in addition to the pain and suffering of those immediately affected. Conservatively, a fatality has a $1.4 million impact, an injury $70,000, and a crash that only damages property averages nearly $9000.  

Funding for this program is from a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Report Drunk Drivers, Call 911!  For further information, please contact: Lieutenant Jeff Calvert at (949) 464-6655 or jcalvert@lagunabeachcity.net. 


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