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DUI Enforcement Operations Last Weekend in Newport Beach

by: Jennifer Manzella
Posted: February 20, 2017

NEWPORT BEACH...Newport Beach Police Officers were deployed last weekend to stop and arrest alcohol- and drug-impaired drivers in our ongoing efforts to stop drunk driving and help save lives. DUI Saturation Patrols took place from Friday, February 17 through Monday, February 20, 2017 between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. Officers patroled the areas of the city with the highest frequencies of DUI collisions and/or arrests, looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment.

High Visibility Enforcement (like DUI Saturation Patrols) has been proven to lower the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol- and drug-impaired crashes. Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized proactive DUI operations are conducted routinely.

Tragically, alcohol-involved collisions led to 1,155 deaths and nearly 24,000 injuries throughout the state California in 2014. Over the course of the past three years, Newport Beach Police officers have investigated 373 DUI collisions in our city, which have claimed four lives and resulted in another 303 injuries.

A study of active drivers revealed that more people tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than for alcohol (7.3 percent). Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, and showed slightly higher use than alcohol (7.4 percent). Everyone should be mindful that, if you are taking medication – whether prescription or over-the-counter – drinking even small amounts of alcohol in combination with your medication can greatly intensify impairment.

Consider using the California Office of Traffic Safety’s DDVIP (Designated Driver VIP) mobile app, which is available for free download on iOS and Android devices. The app helps designated sober drivers find nearby bars and restaurants that feature free incentives (from free non-alcoholic drinks to free appetizers and more). Those who have been drinking can use the app to contact Uber, Lyft, or Curb to get a sober ride home.

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000, not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out.

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