Police departments across Los Angeles County began stepping up their summer anti-DUI efforts about two weeks ago, as they combat the sharp increase in drunk driving that occurs toward the end of August and spikes over the Labor Day weekend.
The Avoid the 100 DUI Campaign, as these efforts are known, was established by various law enforcement agencies in California in the 1970s to address the growing number of alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents in the state. Specifically, the Avoid Campaign targets certain days or periods during the year when drivers are more likely to get behind the wheel after drinking. Historically, holidays such as New Year’s, Memorial Day and Labor Day (among others) are dangerous times to be on the road because of the increase in the number of drunk drivers on those days and the days immediately preceding and following them. Holiday weekends nearly always see an increase in DUI incidents, as do certain annual events, such as the Super Bowl.
The Avoid Campaign brings city and county law enforcement agencies together to catch drunk drivers and prevent drunk-driving accidents through enhanced DUI patrols and checkpoints. By pooling resources and personnel, police departments working together across several cities throughout California are able to cover a large area that would be impractical, expensive or simply impossible to do otherwise. The California Office of Traffic Safety funds these special DUI enforcement periods, which also pays for additional officer overtime and public awareness campaigns in addition to increased roving patrols and sobriety checkpoints.
Nearly 800 Californians died in drunk driving accidents in 2010, an alarmingly high number that would be even higher, were it not for programs such as the Avoid the 100 Campaign. For that reason, police departments across the most populous county in the nation – Los Angeles County – will band together from beachside communities, inland through Downtown, and across the floor of the San Fernando Valley to make sure drinking and driving is kept in check.
Drivers who are caught driving under the influence of alcohol will be arrested and charged with DUI, and could face severe penalties if convicted, including possible jail time, heavy fines, mandatory completion of an alcohol-education program, and suspension or revocation of a driver’s license. It is hoped that the Avoid DUI Campaign will not only lead to the arrest of drunk drivers, but discourage people from drinking and driving in the first place.
An arrest for DUI can lead to a long and stressful legal process, but an Orange County DUI attorney can help you obtain the best outcome based on the facts of your case. The state will not hesitate to prosecute you to the full extent of the law and seek a maximum sentence if you have been charged with drinking and driving. That is why your first call following a DUI stop should be to an experienced and dedicated Orange County DUI attorney who can study your file and recommend a course of action. Your Orange County DUI attorney may be able to negotiate a reduction or dismissal of the charges against you, sparing you of the uncertainty of a trial. If you are convicted, an Orange County DUI attorney can persuade the court to impose a fair sentence, rather than the maximum penalties under the law. If you have been arrested for drunk driving, contact an Orange County DUI attorney right away to begin the process of putting your DUI behind you.