Some think if they just don’t show up for a court hearing, the police won’t have the manpower to find them. If your violation is a DUI, don’t count on it. Buena Park Police Department officers fanned out into neighborhoods in search of high risk DUI offenders on Sunday, Feb. 11. Officers served warrants and arrested two offenders who either failed to show up for a court date or violated terms of their probation in an outstanding DUI case.
“The best bet for anyone with a missed DUI court date is to go to court on their own,” said Traffic Bureau Supervisor Sergeant Nghia Nguyen. “If you don’t, that warrant isn’t going away. We’re going to come find you and take you to jail.”
Those caught often face additional jail time for failing to appear in court or for violating probation. When family, friends, and coworkers find out, violators can also face personal embarrassment as they are led away in handcuffs, as well as missing work while sitting in jail.
Special DUI Warrant Service Operations along with regularly scheduled “High Visibility” DUI enforcement has a deterrent effect on those who disregard driving safely and abuse alcohol and drugs. Buena Park PD places a high priority on lowering deaths and injury with the goal of removing impaired drivers and heightening awareness of the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
Funding for the operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.