Avoid the 12 Stanislaus County DUI Campaign | Community
The 2012/13 Winter Holiday DUI Mobilization crackdown on intoxicated motorists has ended, resulting in a significant number of DUI arrests from the various Sobriety Checkpoints, the Saturation Patrols and the regular law enforcement patrols throughout Stanislaus County’s “Avoid the 12 ” DUI Campaign during the past 19 days.
From 12:01 AM Friday December 14th, through Midnight Tuesday January 1, 2013 officers representing 12 county law enforcement agencies arrested 131 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In 2011/12 118 DUI arrests occurred during the same time period. Tragically, there was a traffic related death of a pedestrian where alcohol may have been a contributing factor in our area! Last year there were no DUI deaths reported.
Law enforcement officials will be conducting more Avoid DUI operations throughout the county and region during Super Bowl Sunday in February and then again for local St Patrick’s Day Festivities in March. Law enforcement officers know the dangers of DUI driving, and we encourage all motorists to help law enforcement every day by reporting drunk drivers when observed. 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.
Upon conclusion of this recent campaign, Ceres Police Chief Art de Werk said “while it is unfortunate that the number of DUI arrests increased as compared to the enforcement campaign period last year, it is clear that law enforcement officers throughout Stanislaus County took this issue very seriously and performed in stellar fashion. The last thing we want in this county is to be seen as being indifferent to the problem of DUI drivers and the threats they pose to everyone. Clearly, there is no indifference here and the officers did a stellar job. I am very proud of them and I also thank the community members who called the police when they observed DUI motorists.”
Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Source: Sgt. Chris Perry, Ceres Police