In Newport Beach or anywhere else in Orange County, if you are arrested and accused of DUI, you’ll need legal help fast. You’ll need to contact an experienced Orange County DUI attorney at once. The Newport Beach Police Department conducted their first “Know Your Limit” anti-DUI awareness campaign during the week of Halloween. Patrons of local bars and restaurants were asked to voluntarily participate in alcohol screenings – but for purposes of education rather than law enforcement. In their first approach to bar and restaurant patrons, officers met with 41 people who agreed to be tested. “Before the test, participants are asked how much they have had to drink and if they think that they could drive safely at their current level of intoxication,” according to a Newport Beach Police press release.
Participants did not have to identify themselves, but police officers recorded each participants age and gender. According to Newport Beach Police Sgt. Rachel Johnson, “The Know Your Limits campaign is not intended to be an enforcement tool or a scare tactic. It’s an educational experience that also fosters positive, cooperative relationships between the Department and the local residents and visitors to our community. The campaign is part of our multi-pronged approach to reducing incidents of DUI through outreach, education, and enforcement.”
The Know Your Limits educational effort is modeled on a program initiated in Scottsdale in 2010. It’s previously been conducted in been Tustin, Huntington Beach, and Laguna Beach. The program is funded through a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Newport Beach Police Department plans to conduct more Know Your Limits events, but no schedule has been announced or published. DUI education essentially boils down to five words – do not drink and drive. If, however, you are arrested and charged with DUI, contact an experienced Orange County DUI attorney as quickly as possible.