Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Holiday DUI Crackdown Results Unveiled

Posted by CotoBlogzz

According to the California AVOID Anti-DUI program, the 2009 Winter Holiday Mobilization crackdown on impaired drivers has ended “resulting  in a significant number of DUI arrests from the Sobriety Checkpoints, Special Saturation Patrols and routine
patrol in the Orange County “AVOID the 38” DUI Campaign.”

A press release for Orange County prepared by the AVOID program states that  “from 12:01 AM Friday, December 18, 2009 through Midnight Sunday, January 3, 2010 Deputies and Officers representing 38 county law enforcement agencies have arrested 602 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs” – this means that there were more than three law enforcement agents for every arrest.

There were 30 DUI- related traffic accidents with injuries, but fortunately no DUI- related deaths were reported in Orange County this Holiday Season.

The task force reports that “law enforcement officials will be conducting more AVOID anti-DUI efforts throughout the county and region during Super Bowl Sunday, St Patrick’s Day and Cinco de Mayo before planning for the Summer Campaign periods. The Orange County Sheriff, Police, and the CHP encourage all motorists to help make their c

The AVOID Anti-DUI Program was launched in the winter of 1973 to bring law enforcement agencies together in countywide clusters to crack down on the drinking driver and reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by alcohol related crashes. Funding, provided by grants from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, allows counties to add overtime hours, reassign officers, and conduct public awareness campaigns during the increased enforcement periods.

The overall goal of the awareness campaign is to let drivers know about the countywide increased enforcement periods and warn drivers that the only way to "AVOID" the county's law enforcement officers is to drive sober. Increased enforcement periods are active statewide during the National Anti DUI Mobilization Campaigns, which are Mid-December through New Years; Mid August through Labor Day weekend and during the high traffic holiday periods on Memorial Day weekend and Independence Day weekend. Additionally, Avoid Patrols deploy on nights with high incidents of DUI offenders and DUI collisions such as Halloween, Super Bowl Sunday, St Patrick's Day and Cinco De Mayo.

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