TORONTO, ON - APRIL 21 - Ministry of Transportation of Ontario rolled out a new message on electronic highway signs- "Don't Drive High," accompanied with a crossed-out pot leaf. This one is seen on the QEW near Beach Boulevard in Hamilton. April 21, 2017. Carlos Osorio/Toronto Star

Police Warn Against Driving Impaired on 4/20/2021

The Newport Beach Police Department has issued a press release and stern warning about driving while high, recognizing “4/20” as the unofficial marijuana “holiday”.

Expect DUI Saturation Patrols throughout the city, and concentrated in areas with high frequencies of DUI collisions and/or arrests.

The cost of a ride home is cheap. Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspensions and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

DUI Saturation Patrols are claimed to reduce impaired driving mostly by deterrent, but also serve to actively arrest those who are driving under the influence.  They also cause significant traffic delays, so if you are in a rush, be aware!

Checkpoints generally consist of about 30 officers, according to historic averages.  These officers spend 8 hours for a full days work between ~8pm and ~2am.  The pool of your tax dollars that fund this effort are from a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

New users of Uber can use my code of “Uber4Newport” and it will pay for the first $15 of your fare.  You can download Uber here:
New users of Lyft can use my code of “SAVENEWPORT” and it will pay for the first $50 of your fare.  You can download Lyft here:
You can call a Yellow Cab OC, at 714-999-9999

1) 18004mytaxi is no longer working, call the Yellow Cab OC number, above.
2) The Downtowner has been run out of business by Diane Dixon’s seasonal bus idea, so this is no longer a viable way to move around town.

In 2016, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that 10,497 people died nationwide in motor vehicle traffic crashes involving drunk drivers. Right here in California, 1,059 DUI deaths (involving a BAC of .08 or above) were reported to NHTSA that year.



About Mike Glenn

Mike is the founder and publisher of Save Newport and Chair of Government Relations for the Elks Lodge. He writes, shoots photos, and edits, but much of the time, he's just "the IT guy". He can be reached at: Google+, Facebook, or via email, at