The Turlock Police Department reported that the 2012 Summer/Labor Day Holiday DUI Mobilization crackdown on impaired drivers has ended and resulted in a significant number of DUI arrests from the Sobriety Checkpoints, Special Saturation Patrols, and routine patrol in Stanislaus County’s “AVOID” DUI Campaign for the past 18 days.
Agencies from the Avoid the 12 DUI Task Force Coalition, came to Turlock on Friday, August 31st, to hold a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint. The checkpoint was held in the 900 block of Lander Avene.
While only 300 vehicles passed through the checkpoint, there were two arrested for DUI.
According to Turlock Police, one was an unlicensed juvenile under the influence of marijuana. Seventeen motorists were cited for being unlicensed or suspended and a passenger was arrested for an outstanding DUI warrant. This passenger had switched seats with the driver at the entrance to the checkpoint. Unfortunately for them, the new driver also had a suspended license.
Deputies from the Stanislaus County Jail also assisted by providing a prisoner transport wagon. As the Checkpoint was being set up, they recognized a female, 51 year old Eileen Sianez, as a subject that was supposed to be on house arrest. She was sitting on the ground near the checkpoint, highly intoxicated and singing. She had her GPS ankle monitor on and was not supposed to leave her house or consume alcohol. They arrested her on sight for violations of the conditions of her home detention. She and the adult arrested for DUI were booked into Stanislaus County Jail.
Beginning on Friday, August 17th, until Monday, September 3rd, officers representing 12 county law enforcement agencies arrested 80 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. These numbers are provisional with some agencies yet to report.
Though 80 arrests may be significant, they are down compared to 131 DUI arrests that occurred during the same time period in 2011.
Law enforcement officials will be conducting more Avoid anti-DUI efforts throughout the county and region again during Halloween and Thanksgiving before planning for the December Winter Campaign periods.
Police, Sheriff and the CHP encourage all motorists to help make your community safer: Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1 anytime you encounter an impaired driver.
Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
For more information about anti DUI efforts in your community or around the state, visit www.californiaavoid.org.