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Police to set up DUI checks in Laguna Beach this weekend

Laguna Beach police officers will patrol various locations throughout the city this weekend as part of a DUI traffic safety campaign.

Officers will stop and possibly arrest alcohol- and/or drug-impaired drivers between 9 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday in areas with prior DUI-related collisions and arrests.

In the last three years, Laguna Beach police investigated 169 DUI collisions, which claimed three lives and injured another 55 people, according to a news release.

In California, impaired drivers caused 867 deaths and more than 23,000 injuries during 2013.

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“Law enforcement emphasizes the preventable nature of drunk driving, reminding everyone that all it takes is a little planning ahead,” the release said. “Designate a sober driver or call a cab.”

The penalties for a DUI conviction can be steep — up to a $10,000 fine and jail time, police said.

Residents should call 911 to report drunk drivers.


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