The Winter Holiday Anti-DUI crackdown has resulted in a significant number of DUI arrests from local routine traffic enforcement and special Avoid the 12 DUI deployments overnight in Stanislaus County.
From 12:01 AM Friday December 16, 2011 through Midnight Sunday December 25, 2011 officers representing Stanislaus county law enforcement agencies have arrested 71 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In 2010, 100 DUI arrests occurred during the same ten (10) day time period. (**NOTE: These numbers are only provisional with some agencies yet to report**)
The campaign’s special operations will continue this weekend. All regularly scheduled traffic and patrol officers will focus efforts at stopping and arresting DUI drivers during their normal shifts. The CHP is deploying all available officers during the final night of their Maximum Enforcement Period this holiday weekend until midnight tonight.
Multiple DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoints, Multi Agency DUI Task Force operations and local Roving DUI patrols are all part of this region-wide crackdown during the 17 day Winter Holiday Campaign. Including:
Fri, Dec 30th DUI Saturation Patrols, 2000-0300, County wide
Sat, Dec 31th, DUI/DL CHECKPOINT, 1900-0300, City of Patterson
Sat, Dec 31th DUI TASKFORCE OPERATIONS, 2000-0200, City of Modesto
Sat, Dec 31st, DUI Saturation Patrols, 2000-0300, County wide
Sun, Jan 1st, DUI Saturation Patrols, 2000-0300, County wide
Police, Sheriff and the CHP encourage all motorists to help make your community safer: Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911. DUI arrest data collection will continue through New Year’s Weekend, midnight Sunday, January 1, 2012. Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
“RUOK?” is the text message version of the often heard question, “Are you okay to drive?” If you have to ask someone the question, you already know the answer. You know they have had too much to drink or are showing signs of being “buzzed.” You know that they are not okay to drive. Asking the question doesn’t relieve you of the responsibility. Call them a cab, take them home yourself, offer your couch.
DUI Checkpoints, along with regularly scheduled high visibility DUI enforcement, are proven strategies 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. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), sobriety checkpoint programs can yield considerable cost savings: $6 for every $1 spent.
There will be no spreading holiday cheer behind the bars of a jail cell. Don’t let your 2011 holiday season end in an arrest or worse, death. Remember, whether you’ve had way too many or just one too many, it’s not worth the risk.
In December 2009, there were 753 people were killed nationwide in crashes that involved drivers or motorcycle riders with blood alcohol concentrations of .08 or higher. In California, 57 individuals died on the states streets and highways.