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460 Arrests So Far in Countywide Anti-DUI Campaign

The campaign lasted for about two weeks.

More than 460 people were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in an anti-DUI crackdown that began almost two weeks ago, authorities said Thursday.

The Riverside County Avoid the 30 task force—named for the number of participating agencies—initiated its end-of-year campaign on Dec. 14. Between then and Wednesday night, 466 people were arrested for alleged impaired driving, according to Riverside police Sgt. Skip Showalter, the task force coordinator.

Over the same period during the 2011 end-of-year campaign, 474 motorists were arrested, he said.

According to Showalter, no DUI-related fatalities were reported over the past 10 days.

Comparatively, by this time in the 2011 campaign, five people had died in alcohol-fueled crashes.

In the coming week, agencies countywide will be staffing sobriety checkpoints, as well as conducting saturation patrols, targeting motorists who may be under the influence.

Checkpoints are planned in Eastvale, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Moreno Valley, Palm Desert, Palm Springs and San Jacinto, while saturation patrols are scheduled in Banning, Beaumont, Blythe, Coachella, Desert Hot Springs, La Quinta, Murrieta and Riverside.

During last year's Avoid the 30 two-week crackdown, 682 people were arrested on suspicion of DUI.

This year's effort, part of the national "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign, will conclude on New Year's Day.

The CHP's "maximum enforcement period"—when all available officers hit the streets to nab traffic violators—will coincide with Avoid operations over the coming New Year's holiday weekend.

-City News Service

One Voice December 28, 2012 at 02:05 AM
Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy!
keepn it real December 28, 2012 at 03:41 AM
That's all ???
Reverend Smith December 28, 2012 at 05:35 AM
Really. I'd think it would be in the tens of thousands nationwide. I think I saw more CHP on the 91 today that I see in ten normal years. We still have new years to survive.
Katie December 28, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Well, sounds to me like the checkpoints are working. I thought it would be more but maybe people are actually pulling their heads out of their a**** and doing the right thing. DON'T DRINK and DRIVE and DON'T TEXT and DRIVE.
TVOR December 28, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Take the number of arrests at checkpoints and multiply that by about 40 and thats how many drunks are out there endangering the public.
Edwatd December 29, 2012 at 02:23 AM
Fact is 40 percent of our population will be involved in alcohol related crash in their lifetime. www.jonboysinc.com
Edwatd December 29, 2012 at 02:24 AM
14,000 people will be killed this year by a drunken driver
Edwatd December 29, 2012 at 02:27 AM
This is a twelve month problem! Although, drunk driving deaths do increase 30 percent this time of year. The question is: who's next, it will happen

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