Laura Farinella
Chief of Police
505 Forest Avenue
Laguna Beach, CA 92651


PRESS RELEASE 07/13/2020
Subject :DUI Enforcement Operations Planned this Summer
Contact :Lieutenant Tim Kleiser    (949) 464-6655

Additional Officers from the Laguna Beach Police Department will be deploying this summer looking for drivers suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Laguna Beach Police Department is committed to keeping the public safe when they need to run essential errands.

“Safety is paramount, but especially during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Captain Jeff Calvert said. “We are all in this together and want everyone to be as safe as possible when they are out. One way to do that is by not driving impaired. 

Laguna Beach Police Department reminds the public that impaired driving is not just from alcohol. Some prescription medications or over-the-counter drugs may interfere with driving. Always follow directions for use and read warning labels about driving or “operating heavy machinery,” which includes driving a car. While medicinal and recreational marijuana are legal, driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal. 

If you plan on drinking or taking medications that may impact your ability to drive safely, plan on staying at home. Driving sober is your safest bet.

Drivers caught driving impaired and charged with DUI will pay a stiff price: an average of $13,500 in fines and penalties, as well as a suspended license. 

Funding for these DUI operations is provided to the Laguna Beach Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.