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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.

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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