BREA : City, Tow Firms Act to Cut Drunk Driving

Sobriety checks will be conducted on Lambert Road at Brea Boulevard from 6 p.m. today to 3 a.m. Thursday to discourage motorists from driving under the influence of alcohol, police said.

Capt. James Oman of the Brea Police Department said that the checkpoint will be run by uniformed police officers and that warning signs will be posted to alert motorists.

Oman said alcohol-related accidents in the city have gone down over the past several years, partly because of the sobriety checkpoints. He said there have been 22 alcohol-related collisions in Brea this year.

The police also said that to reduce alcohol-related accidents and injuries during the holiday season, three towing companies are offering free rides home and free vehicle towing to motorists who are not sure they can drive safely.

Phillips Towing of Brea, Superior Towing of Yorba Linda and Tri Star Towing of Orange will provide the free services through Jan. 1, said Assistant City Manager Tim O'Donnell.

Services will be provided for the cities of Anaheim, Fullerton, Placentia, Orange, Brea and Yorba Linda. The only requirements are that people go to their homes rather than to another party or business and that the vehicles to be towed be operable, O'Donnell said.

Vehicles will be towed within a 25-mile radius, except by Superior Towing, which will tow within 15 miles of its location at 4021 2nd St. in Yorba Linda.

For more information, call Phillips Towing at (714) 529-2555, Superior Towing at (714) 961-8069 or Tri Star Towing at (714) 771-7111.

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