Avoid the 20 DUI campaign update

Release Date/Time: 12/23/2014 4:01 PM

Incident: Avoid the 20 DUI campaign update

Report #: N/A

Date: Tuesday, 12/23/2014

Time: 4:09 PM

Location: Monterey and San Benito Counties

The Winter Holiday Anti-DUI crackdown has resulted in a significant number of DUI arrests from local routine traffic enforcement and special Avoid the 20 DUI deployments overnight in Monterey and San Benito Counties.

From 12:01 AM Friday December 12, 2014 through Midnight Sunday December 21, 2014 officers representing 20 county law enforcement agencies have arrested 46 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This is significantly down from the 70 DUI arrests occurring during the same ten (10) day time period last year. 'I am extremely pleased with the reduction in DUI driving this holiday period,” said Salinas PD Sergeant Gerry Ross. 'I'm praying it continues throughout the holidays.”

Fortunately there has been no traffic deaths related to drunk or drugged driving.

Extra DUI Saturation Patrols will be deployed in most of the cities belonging to the Avoid the 20 coalition. The CHP is deploying all available officers for their Maximum Enforcement Period this 2 Day Christmas Holiday Campaign 6:00 PM December 24th through midnight December 25th. All regularly scheduled traffic and patrol officers will focus efforts at stopping and arresting DUI drivers during their normal shifts. DUI/Driver's License Checkpoints, Multi Agency DUI Task Force operations and local Roving DUI patrols are all part of this region-wide crackdown during the 21 day Winter Holiday Campaign. Sergeant Ross advised, 'If you've been drinking and you're thinking about driving, don't do it. With all this extra enforcement you are likely to get arrested.”

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. DUI arrest data collection will continue through New Year's Thursday, January 1, 2015.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

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