Release Date/Time: 8/24/2015 1:47 PM
Incident: Summer DUI Campaign for Avoid the 20 1st update
Report #: N/A
Date: Monday, 8/24/2015
Time: 1:46 PM
Location: Monterey and San Benito Counties
Monterey and San Benito Counties AVOID the 20 DUI Campaign Weekend Update #1
The end of summer DUI Mobilization has resulted in a number of DUI arrests from local routine traffic enforcement and special Avoid the 20 DUI deployments for the first weekend in Monterey and San Benito Counties. From 12:01 AM Friday August 21, 2015 through midnight Sunday August 23, 2015 officers countywide have arrested 43 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Over the weekend there were 6 injury DUI collisions in which 7 people were injured.
Friday night, August 21st, Officers from the Salinas Police Department with assistance from officers from Marina PD conducted a DUI / Driver's License Checkpoint on Williams Road near Wiren Street. 1,083 vehicles passed through the checkpoint and officers contacted 832 drivers. One driver was arrested for Driving Under the Influence of alcohol. Field Sobriety Tests were conducted on one other driver who was found not to be under the influence. Sixteen drivers were cited for driving without a license and four were cited for driving on a suspended license. Twenty seven other drivers were cited for committing Vehicle Code violations near the checkpoint. One driver was arrested when he lied to officers about his name and was found to be on felony probation.
Over the course of the next several days of the campaign several Saturation Patrols will be conducted in many of the cities within the two counties. All regularly scheduled traffic and patrol officers will focus efforts at stopping and arresting DUI drivers during their normal shifts. Police, Sheriff and the CHP encourage all motorists to help make your community safer: Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911.
Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Law Enforcement emphasizes the preventable nature of drunk driving reminding everyone that all it takes is a little planning ahead. Designate a sober driver or call a cab. But whatever you do, don't drink and drive.
The California Office of Traffic Safety DDVIP (Designated Driver VIP) mobile app is now available for free download on iOS and Android devices. Launched last year, the new DDVIP app offers enhanced features, allowing users to 'Map a Spot” with their current location to find DDVIP partnering establishments in their area or a 'List of Spots” to search all participating bars and restaurants throughout California. Users will be offered free incentives at each bar to celebrate their life saving role. They can stay up-to-date with the latest from DDVIP and see what other users are saying via its social tab. Also through the app, for those who want to imbibe but also make it a point to plan ahead, users can easily order a sober ride from Uber, Lyft or Curb – all from one screen. DUI arrest data collection will continue through Labor Day midnight Monday, September 7, 2015. Avoid programs, named for the number of police agencies in each county, are deploying Multiple/DUI Driver's License Checkpoints and local Roving DUI patrols region wide during 18 day Summer/Labor Day Campaign.
Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross
Telephone: (831) 758-7250