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District Attorney Hoovler Urges Residents Not to Drive Impaired or Intoxicated While Celebrating the Thanksgiving Holiday
Law Enforcement Will Be Looking for Impaired and Intoxicated Drivers
Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler, on Wednesday, November 22, 2023, urged Orange County residents to make safe transportation plans for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has termed the Wednesday before Thanksgiving “Blackout Wednesday” because of the proliferation of dangerous drinking and driving. Law enforcement will have enhanced patrols on area roadways in order to identify and stop drivers who are impaired or intoxicated.
“Thanksgiving is a joyous holiday and I urge everyone to celebrate safely,” said District Attorney Hoovler, “Please don’t let the good times result in preventable and terrible outcomes. Far too often we see the choice to drink and drive end with arrest and prosecution, let alone injury or death to other motorists or pedestrians. Our dedicated law enforcement officers will be out on the roads to protect us all. Hopefully, the State legislature will soon pass the Deadly Driving Bill, closing unnecessary loopholes and enhancing police and prosecutor’s ability to hold drug-impaired drivers accountable. In the meantime, do your part and arrange for safe transportation home and do not get behind the wheel of a car after you have been drinking. Someone is waiting at home for you.”