DUI Arrests Down; Anti-DUI Crackdown Intensifies Throughout the Holiday

The winter holiday anti-DUI crackdown has resulted in a significant number of DUI arrests from local routine traffic enforcement and special Avoid the Six DUI deployments in Shasta County.

From 12:01 AM on Friday, December 14, 2012 through midnight on Friday, December 22, 2012 officers representing six county law enforcement agencies have arrested 24 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In 2011 40 DUI arrests occurred during the same eight (8) day time period.

(**NOTE: These numbers are only provisional with some agencies yet to report**)

“Hopefully, the reduced number of DUI arrests mean people are getting the message and making better decisions when it comes to drinking and driving,” said Officer Provencio.

“However, for those who still have not gotten the message, we will continue our enforcement efforts.”

For the Christmas weekend, the second weekend of the campaign, extra DUI Saturation Patrols will be deployed. All regularly scheduled traffic and patrol officers will focus efforts at stopping and arresting DUI drivers during their normal shifts. The CHP are deploying all available officers during their Maximum Enforcement Period this holiday weekend through midnight on Tuesday the 25th. Multiple 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 19 day winter holiday campaign.

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 Weekend, midnight Sunday, January 1, 2013.

From Redding Police Department press release

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