106 arrested in holiday drunk driving crackdown
The 2014/15 Winter Holiday DUI Mobilization crackdown on drinking drivers has ended and resulted in a significant number of DUI arrests from the Sobriety Checkpoints, Special Saturation Patrols and routine patrol in the San Luis Obispo County “Avoid the 14 ” DUI Campaign for the past 21 days.
From Dec. 12, through Jan. 1, officers representing 14 county law enforcement agencies have arrested 106 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Last year there were 104 DUI arrests that occurred during the 20 Day holiday campaign.
Tragically, there was one death attributed to a drunk driver in the local area. Last year there were no alcohol related death/s during the year end campaign.
Law enforcement officials will be conducting more Avoid DUI operations throughout the county and region next during Super Bowl Sunday in February and then again for local St Patrick’s Day Festivities in March.
Police, Sheriff and CHP officers 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 a press release from the Atascadero Police Department.
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.