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Lake Elsinore Police Nail Drunken Drivers

Sixty-seven drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, 85 drivers were nabbed for driving on suspended or revoked licenses, and 83 vehicles were impounded, said Sgt. Peter Giannakakos.

The Lake Elsinore Police Department made numerous drunken driving arrests over the holiday season, a sergeant has reported.

“As a result of the Lake Elsinore Police Departments regular traffic enforcement, stepped up holiday enforcement, in the form of two DUI/CDL checkpoints and six weekend DUI saturation patrols, the Lake Elsinore Police Department arrested 67 drivers for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, cited over 85 drivers for driving on suspended or revoked licenses and impounded 83 vehicles,” said the department’s Sgt. Peter Giannakakos.

The stepped up enforcement period ran Nov. 23 through Dec. 31, according to the sergeant.

“The Lake Elsinore Police Department will continue its commitment to public safety throughout 2013 by conducting regular traffic enforcement, DUI/CDL checkpoints and DUI saturation patrols seeking prosecution of all DUI drivers no matter what,” Giannakakos said.

Lake Elsinore contracts its police services through the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

In addition to ramped up efforts in the city, the California Highway Patrol also reported a significant number of arrests in Riverside County through the New Year’s holiday.

From Dec. 28 through Jan. 1, the CHP reported 47 DUI arrests countywide. During that time period there were 27 collisions locally, 13 of them involving injuries, according to CHP Officer Steve Carapia. He said 447 citations were issued for a variety of infractions.

The CHP patrols highways and unincorporated areas.

Timber January 04, 2013 at 04:18 AM
"Now all you haters there about rights being violated and things that do not matter, take THAT to the bank! Not one death by DUI. :) " Proves a point that drunk driving does not lead directly to someones death per say because the potential offender proceeded in their vehicle until an officer detained them. The blanket statement 'drunk driving kills' is a misrepresentation of the truth. And that is drunk driving is more dangerous then not driving drunk because sober people kill, maim and destroy property as well. I am NOT claiming that drinking and driving is ok. Bring on my haters, love you all.
Timber January 04, 2013 at 04:20 AM
I should add- Brenda I hope you are feeling better.
Brenda January 04, 2013 at 07:23 AM
Timber, and thank God there was no death by DUI. It could have something to do with over several hundred DUI's were apprehended before they harmed, or killed someone? And I don't hate you at all as we usually get on just fine, except apparently this topic. I just don't see it as messing with my rights or anything else if its something that can save lives and also this is against the law to drive drunk, and why should anyone be able to do anything illegal? You and Gal Cann see it political and all that, and I am just simpler and do not want to see people killed by people who do not know better, or really the bottom line is they do not care. That is tough to swallow to see a drunk get out of the car saying wth happened, while obviously the two in the car he just hit are dead :/. Thank you Timber, and I am feeling better bit by bit, need a few tests to see what is still stuck in my lung. Probably just that overwhelming feeling in your chest when you want to wring the neck of someone who just will not understand your point? LOL< like how I feel about you and Gal Cann. If I could wring your necks, shake it into you so you understand my feelings on this, non political, I would not need this new doctor. LOL.
tom January 04, 2013 at 04:01 PM
Hey Brenda,I still pass physical once a year and also do a fight for life once a year. Police have higher standard than contract deputies
Brenda January 04, 2013 at 07:59 PM
Tom just dont like seeing an officer picked on for his weight or any other reason some spout off :/ They do a job most will not do, cannot qualify for, either physically or mentally, or smartness, and often times die saving our lives. Contract deputies, county deputies, city police should have mostly all same standards. They seem to with physicals, and the 1.5 mile track, ah over hurdles, pull the body thing, LOL. (Need more coffee) Unfortunately some of us do gain weight either with age and/or medications. I realize this guy looks a bit chunky but he does also have on flack vest, jacket etc. Most officers look like a bulldog with all that on :)

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