Release Date/Time: 8/31/2016 9:22 AM
Incident: Summer Campaign update
Report #: N/A
Date: Wednesday, 8/31/2016
Time: 9:20 AM
Location: Monterey and San Benito Counties
The National Summer/Labor Day Anti-DUI crackdown arrest update: From 12:01 AM Friday August 19, 2016 through Midnight Tuesday August 30, 2016 officers representing 20 agencies from Monterey and San Benito Counties have arrested 104 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Last year during this same time period 94 drivers were arrested for DUI.
Tragically, there was a death attributed to a drugged driver in our area. Seventy-eight-year-old Sylvia Mullen was struck broadside by a suspect driving at an extremely high rate of speed and suspected to be under the influence of marijuana. Last year there were no alcohol or drugged related deaths during this same time period but there were 12 traffic collisions attributed to a drunk driver with 13 people suffering injuries. This year there have been only three reported traffic collisions attributed to a drunk driver with 5 people suffering injuries. (**NOTE: These numbers are only provisional with some agencies yet to report**)
For the second weekend of the National DUI Mobilization a DUI Checkpoint will be conducted in the city of Salinas on Thursday and extra DUI Saturation Patrols will be deployed throughout both counties. All regularly scheduled traffic and patrol officers will continue efforts to stop and arrest DUI drivers during their normal shifts.
Police, Sheriff and the CHP are requesting motorists to help make the 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 Labor Day midnight Monday, September 5, 2016. Avoid DUI programs, named for the number of police agencies in each county, will deploy Multiple/DUI Driver's License Checkpoints and local Roving DUI patrols region-wide during this 18-day Summer/Labor Day Campaign.
Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross
Telephone: (831) 758-7250