Winter holiday DUI crackdown results

The 2011/12 Winter Holiday DUI crackdown on drinking drivers has ended and has resulted in a significant number of DUI arrests from sobriety checkpoints, special saturation patrols, and routine patrols in the Riverside County “Avoid the 30” DUI Campaign during the past 17 days.

From 12:01 a.m., Friday, December 16th, 2011, through midnight, Sunday, January 1, 2012, officers representing 30 Riverside County law enforcement agencies have arrested 658 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Last year, 594 DUI arrests were made during the same time period.

Preliminary reports show there were four deaths attributed to a drunk or impaired driver in our area this year.  Last year, there were two alcohol related deaths during the same year end campaign.

Law enforcement officials will be conducting more Avoid DUI operations throughout Riverside County during Super Bowl Sunday in February and then again for local St. Patrick’s Day festivities in March.

All motorists are encouraged to help law enforcement every day: Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1 anytime you encounter an impaired driver.

DUI checkpoints, along with regularly scheduled high visibility DUI enforcement, are proven tactics with the goal of removing impaired drivers from the road and heightening awareness of the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012


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