Release Date/Time: 1/6/2015 2:46 PM
Incident: Avoid the 20 Winter Campaign final update
Report #: N/A
Date: Tuesday, 1/6/2015
Time: 2:44 PM
Location: 222 Lincoln Ave
The 2014/15 Winter Holiday DUI Mobilization crackdown on drinking and drugged drivers has ended and resulted in a significant number of DUI arrests from the Sobriety Checkpoints, Special Saturation Patrols and routine patrol in the Monterey and San Benito Counties 'Avoid the 20 ” DUI Campaign for the past 21 days.
From 12:01 AM Friday December 12th, through Midnight Thursday January 1, 2014 officers representing 20 county law enforcement agencies have arrested 117 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In 2013/14, 120 DUI arrests occurred during the 20 Day holiday campaign. Tragically, there was a death that Salinas PD attributes to a drugged driver. Last year there was 1 alcohol related death during the year end campaign. 'Initially it looked like the number of DUI arrests was going to decline sharply from last year,” said Salinas PD Sergeant Gerry Ross. 'But there was a rash of DUI arrests the last 10 days which brought the number close to last year's. It's disappointing but we will continue to work hard to catch these drivers.”
Numbers are in comparison to last year's totals during the holiday period. Law enforcement officials will be conducting more Avoid DUI operations throughout both counties next during Super Bowl Sunday in February and then again for local St Patrick's Day Festivities in March. Police, Sheriff and the CHP encourage all motorists to help law enforcement every day: Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1 anytime you encounter an impaired driver.
DUI Checkpoints, along with regularly scheduled high visibility DUI enforcement, are proven strategies with the goal of removing impaired drivers from the road and heightening awareness of the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), sobriety checkpoint programs can yield considerable cost savings: $6 for every $1 spent. Multiple DUI Campaigns are planned in 2015. Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross
Telephone: (831) 758-7250