Law Enforcement Gear Up for New Year’s Eve Celebrations

Police and Sheriff Plan Extra Drunk Driving Patrols for NYE

New Year’s Eve is just over a week away and law enforcement across the country are gearing up for the celebrations.  New Year’s Eve is traditionally one of the heaviest drinking days of the year.  Many people travel to parties at private residences or local establishments.  Too often, after drinking, people choose to get behind the wheel of a car.  The results can be deadly.  Throughout the holiday season the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) and other law enforcement agencies will put more officers on saturation patrol.   Officers will be looking for people drunk drivers and those driving under the influence of drugs.

The statewide crackdown on drunk driving is part of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over This Holiday Season campaign.  The OCSD encourages people attending holiday parties to designate a sober driver.  In addition to providing extra saturation patrols, law enforcement have planned DUI/Driver’s License checkpoints leading up to 2020.  The campaign strives to remind people that not only can people be pulled over for driving under the influence of alcohol, but also prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs and marijuana.

In a recent press release the OCSD suggests that hosts of holiday gatherings offer non-alcoholic drinks and ensure that people get home safely with a sober driver.  If you plan on drinking at a holiday party be sure that you designate a sober driver, plan for public transportation or hire a rideshare service.  Some companies, such as AAA, will even offer a free towing service.  AAA’s Holiday Safe Ride Program runs from Tuesday 12/31 at 6:00 pm until Wednesday 1/1 at 6 am. They will tow your car for up to seven (7) miles for free.