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End-of-year anti-DUI effort to wrap up New Year's Day in Riverside County

Monday, December 31st, 2012
Issue 01, Volume 16.

RIVERSIDE (Wire Service) - A roughly two-week-long crackdown on drunken and drug-impaired drivers in Riverside County comes to a close tomorrow, January 1.

As of Thursday, Dec. 27, 466 people had been arrested in the Avoid the 30 task force's anti-DUI campaign, which began Dec. 13. The task force, named for the number of participating law enforcement agencies, will wrap up operations at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday.

During last year's end-of-year crackdown, 682 people were arrested on suspicion of DUI.

Today and tomorrow, agencies countywide will be staffing sobriety checkpoints and conducting saturation patrols Advertisement
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to nab New Year's revelers who drink and drive.

This year's Avoid effort was part of the multi-state "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign, sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The task force received a federal grant earlier this year in support of operations.

In 2010, 59 people died in alcohol-related crashes in Riverside County. Just under 800 were killed statewide, and 10,000 DUI-related deaths were reported throughout the country that year, according to statistics.

Additional crackdowns are planned on Super Bowl weekend, St. Patrick's Day and Memorial Day weekend.



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