Last St. Patrick's Day, three people were killed and 96 injured across the state in drunken driving accidents, according to the sheriff's department.
More deputies will be on the roads across Orange County, according to an Orange County Sheriff's Department press release. It's part of the "Avoid the 38" campaign, which is one of a series of sobriety checkpoints paid for through state and federal grants.
Here are some tips deputies provided to avoid drunk driving:
- Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin and designate a sober driver.
- If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to report them - Call 911!
- And remember, if you know people who are about to drive while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.
For more information on the checkpoint, contact the Sheriff’s Department’s Public Affairs Office at (714) 647-7042.