In January of this year, the Costa Mesa Police Department disbanded its
specialized DUI enforcement team because of staff reductions in its traffic
department. For more than twenty years, the specialized DUI enforcement
team had been responsible for the majority of DUI arrests in Costa Mesa.
According to the Costa Mesa Police Department, statistics show an almost
50% drop in DUI arrests since the special enforcement unit was disbanded.
This strongly suggests that DUI enforcement in the area has suffered significantly
as a result of the personnel cuts in January. The department, like many
others across the state, is seeking grant money to help pay for extra
The trend in law enforcement has been towards specialized DUI enforcement
teams and saturation patrols to maximize DUI arrests. This depends on
adequate funding by state and federal governments.
DUI defense lawyers Nigel Witham and Jeffrey Gold have many years of specialized
experience in defending DUI cases in Orange County. We have offices in
Costa Mesa where we can meet you for a free case evaluation. If you have
any questions concerning DUI defense,
please call us.