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Holiday DUI Crackdowns Begin Countywide

Saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints are planned countywide Tuesday night and Wednesday.

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Law enforcement agencies throughout Riverside County will be ramping up patrols Tuesday and Wednesday to nab drunken or drug-impaired drivers who venture onto roads and highways over the Fourth of July holiday.

The county's "Avoid the 30" campaign -- named for the number of police agencies involved -- is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday and conclude at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday.

"The Fourth of July is one of the deadliest holidays due to an increase in impaired-driving fatalities," said Riverside police Chief Sergio Diaz. "Too many people die behind the wheel each year due to those who choose to drive after drinking, so our officers will be out in full force this Fourth of July, actively looking for impaired drivers."

The Avoid campaign will coincide with the California Highway Patrol's Independence Day weekend "maximum enforcement period," during which 80 percent of the agency's officers are deployed to crack down on intoxicated motorists, speeders and other scofflaws.

Statistics show impaired driving accounted for roughly one-third of all traffic fatalities in the U.S. in 2010.

"When celebrating Independence Day, the CHP wants you to be safe," CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow said. "When driving, be sure to leave plenty of time to get to your destination. Most importantly, before heading out, insist everyone in the vehicle is wearing a seat belt and children are secure in safety seats."

During the 2011 Fourth of July Avoid campaign, which spanned three days, 182 DUI suspects were arrested in Riverside County, compared to 161 the year before.

Saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints are planned countywide Tuesday night and Wednesday.

Diana July 03, 2012 at 06:21 PM
4th of July "Freedom"?
T July 03, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Driving is NOT a right. When everyone who complains about these checkpoints understands that they should back off. Going on a plane you have to get searched/patted down, I don't read that you all are against that. Now I DO have the right to expect the other people driving are not drunk and can kill me. Same if I am walking along the road side. Once again - IF YOU DON'T LIKE THE POSSIBILITY OF GOING THRU A CHECKPOINT DON'T DRIVE!
Secrets of Safety July 03, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Diana, Death by drunk, or drug impaired driver.. "Freedom"?
Timber July 04, 2012 at 02:33 AM
T, Whether driving is a right or privilege does nothing to negate the fact that investigating police are required to establish a reasonable basis (AKA probable cause) to believe that any operator is intoxicated and must be established by objective facts known at the time of the event or discovered within a reasonable time thereafter. Suspicion-less checkpoints are merely an exercise designed to convince you to become a willing witness against yourself. (the 5th is a true Right) Question- How does anyone observe the driving capabilities an operator of a vehicle at a complete stop for their inability to competently drive which would give rise to a reasonable suspicion they are under the influence? The NHTSA has developed 24 observable behavioral driving cue's that MAY suggest an operator is under the influence and only a few might be observable during a checkpoint when the car is at a complete stop. Suspicion-less checkpoints are just "fishing expeditions" and renders those driving cue's completely useless at the expense of seizing multitudes of innocent travelers hopping to find something or anything. Roving patrols are far superior to suspicion-less checkpoints yet they are no where near demanded for like these "fishing expeditions" are. From a business perspective the superior policy replaces ineffective methods. But policing has no market competition and the funding is not tied to such market pressures
Mr.A July 04, 2012 at 02:33 AM
I'll toast to that! Lol!
Constant Comment July 04, 2012 at 03:28 AM
Next time you are at a check point and an officer puts his flashlight up to your window you should know that it might be one of those breathalizer flashlights checking you out.
LHJ July 04, 2012 at 03:49 AM
Our courts have determined that your argument against the checkpoints fails on the basis of public safety. That is how the government is managing to violate the rights of multitudes of people. It can be reasoned that the risk is far greater to society if the government doesn't take measures to stop drunk drivers. So, because the measures actually do reduce the likelihood of you or I being hit by a drunk or drugged up driver and possibly losing our life, a child's life or another loved one's life. Therefore, you and I have to allow the government to modify the bill of rights and the Constitution because the government can prove in court that it is safer to "protect" the public by making people submit to searches and scrutiny that would otherwise not be allowed under the US Constitution. Get used to it.. The government has used this tactic on many different things over the years, and they are going to be doing it more and more.. There is little you can do about it because not enough people care to vote for someone who will stand up to this kind of thing.. So, get over it.. It's life in the good ole US of A..
Timber July 04, 2012 at 05:44 AM
LHJ First, my argument is not against the checkpoints nor against public safety. My point would be to show others that such checkpoints are voluntary and do not require anyone to maintain a conversation with officers that may provide any self-incriminating evidence. The officers are fully capable of apprehending those suspected of crimes without your help. That is what they are paid to do. We may agree that suspicion-less checkpoints “violate the rights of multitudes of people”. Isn't it true that this “loss” you speak of can and does occur without the involvement of any alcohol coupled with driving. Since this country fundamentally attempts to secure Liberty to you and I, you are free to dispose of yours at will, but I choose to exercise my Rights, which happen to be addressed by the Bill of Rights and proscribe my government from infringing upon. “Submitting to searches and scrutiny” are still possible in one of three ways: by warrant, by probable cause, and by CONSENT (This is at the heart of suspicion-less checkpoints). Modifying the Bill of Rights requires an amendment to the Constitution could you tell me when this happened? LHJ you are free to “get used to it” all you want. I am free to do otherwise. You, or the masses, cannot vote my Rights away contrary to popular belief. I can only lead a horse to water but I cannot make the horse drink.
LHJ July 04, 2012 at 06:46 AM
Tember, You go ahead and believe what you want.. Head in the sand and *** in the air.. Just the way they like it when they prove to you just how little the "bill of rights" actually means in today's world.. LOL.. You are funny, though ignorant..
Mr.A July 04, 2012 at 07:29 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wXkI4t7nuc&feature=youtube_gdata_player Love It! I'm With U Timber!!
LHJ July 04, 2012 at 08:03 AM
Yes, aren't great attorneys and legal speakers great.. And where will they be when you are being questioned?? And how many people can afford an attorney that will back up what the guy in the video said? We live in an adversarial system. Them against us, that's the way the cops think. You actually believe this guy and the other proclaimers of "standing for your rights", are going to be available to the average person who faces a group of cops? LOL The first thing people forget is, the constitutional promise of "innocent until proven guilty in a court of law"??? Yeah.. that isn't true.. the whole system is set up with law enforcement believing you are guilty, the prosecutor believes you are guilty. The prosecutor will tell the jury that you are guilty. Very few times, unless you have the money to afford a very good attorney, does the prosecutor actually have to prove you are guilty. You will find more times than not, that the presumption is that unless you can prove otherwise, or you can raise enough of an issue to "create" a reasonable doubt, you are presumed guilty. That is the first thing that is in the bill of rights, that is (in reality) something completely different in application.. Words are words.. it's what is being done that is what is real.. And the two do not match unless you have a lot of money, most of the time.. So, they are not rights.. Rights would not be allowed to be violated..
Timber July 04, 2012 at 04:59 PM
It is unnecessary for an attorney to be present in order to protect yourself when you are being questioned by your government. This can be accomplished by anyone willing to deny consent to any police questioning at anytime. Is this concept that difficult to grasp?? I will agree it is adversarial. With that said, anything important enough for my government to prosecute is important enough for me to defend. Lack of money does not prevent anyone from protecting themselves at the so called "scene of the crime" when your government decides to investigate you for anything. Sounds like you have already laid down, which is your Right. Happy Independence Day!
LHJ July 04, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Yeah.. you are right... you go get 'em... Apparently you are still naive enough to believe the ideological crap you are talking.. First, I don't come in contact with law enforcement except for those rare times I might be out driving and run across a check. And since I don't drink and drive, I keep my insurance up and I have no reason to have a suspended license, I have nothing to worry about.. I live in peace and mind my own business. I live within what I know the rules are and leave others to live their lives (except here in the comments, where I love to play devil's advocate).... lol You have a great 4th as well... I love to get people riled... Or at least get them defensive and arguing their point so passionately... lol At least there are still some who have passion.. I hope you vote.. I hope you help others to vote..

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