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Laguna police will be on DUI patrol

Laguna Beach police officers will be stationed at different points across the city Saturday night to stop people who are driving under the influence, according to a department news release.

Police will be on the lookout for alcohol and drug-impaired drivers from 6 p.m. Saturday through 3 a.m. Sunday in areas with typically high rates of DUI accidents and arrests.

“Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have resulted in 60 injury crashes harming 85 of our friends and neighbors,” Lt. Jeff Calvert said in the release.


DUI-related traffic collisions led to 774 deaths in California in 2010, the release said.

A grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, funds the DUI patrol program.


Lifeguards join Red Cross in blood drive


Laguna Beach lifeguards and the American Red Cross will hold a blood drive at Main Beach from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday.

A Red Cross bus will be parked at the beach’s cobblestone area.

Donors, who need to bring some form of identification, will be rewarded with a coupon for a free skillet appetizer at Chili’s and two free VIP tickets to the Laugh Factory, which has locations in Long Beach and Hollywood.

To make an appointment, sign up at using the sponsor code lblifeguards, or contact Ryan Bateman at the Red Cross at (714) 427-2669 or by email at

—Bryce Alderton

Twitter: @AldertonBryce