Police Cracking Down On Drunken Drivers

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.

More than 60 people were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in the first days of a countywide anti-DUI crackdown, authorities said Monday.

The Riverside County Avoid the 30 task force -- named for the number of participating agencies -- initiated its end-of-year campaign on Friday. Between then and 11:59 p.m. Sunday, 64 people were arrested for alleged impaired driving, according to Riverside police Sgt. Skip Showalter, the Avoid coordinator.

Over the same period during the 2011 end-of-year campaign, 151 motorists were arrested, he said.

According to Showalter, no DUI-related fatalities were reported over the weekend. However, there was a rollover crash in Coachella that resulted in major injuries to the driver, Rebecca Nunez.

"A preliminary investigation indicated that alcohol consumption was a factor in this collision," Showalter said. "Last year, there were three alcohol-related deaths during this same time period."

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 Desert Hot Springs, Indio, La Quinta, Lake Elsinore, Menifee, San Jacinto and Riverside, while saturation patrols are scheduled in Beaumont, Blythe, Coachella, Eastvale, Hemet, Jurupa Valley, Palm Desert, Palm Springs and Temecula.

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 on Christmas and New Year's.

Timber December 19, 2012 at 05:29 AM
http://www.riversidesheriff.org/press/sws12-1221.asp “The Temecula Police Department’s Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License checkpoint on December 21, 2012, in the city of Temecula at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. “ POSSIBLE LOCATIONS: Moreno St and Old Town Front St (Penfolds Restaurant) Old Town Front St south of Santiago Rd Temecula Pkwy and Mahlon Vail Rd Margarita and Stonewood (between Solana and Moraga) Jefferson Ave and Del Rio Rd Northbound Winchester Rd just past Roripaugh Rd (across from Chaparral HS) *other locations are possible* Please plan your travel itinerary accordingly.
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