Countywide DUI Crackdown Nets 700 Plus Arrests

Five people were arrested on suspicion of drunken driving at two checkpoints staffed in Temecula during the campaign period.

A countywide crackdown on drunken and drug-impaired motorists netted more than 700 arrests, authorities said today.

The end-of-summer Riverside County "Avoid the 30" campaign—named for the number of police agencies involved—got under way Aug. 17 and concluded just before midnight Monday.

The number of people taken into custody on suspicion of impaired driving during the more than two-week-long operation totaled 710, roughly 7 percent less than last year's late-summer campaign, when 762 peopled were arrested.

Riverside police Sgt. Skip Showalter, the Avoid coordinator, said three people died and 23 were injured in DUI-related collisions between Aug. 17 and Sept. 3.

Saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints were deployed throughout the county, including Beaumont, Coachella, Hemet, Moreno Valley, Murrieta, Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage and Temecula.

A total of five people were arrested on suspicion of drunken driving at checkpoints staffed in Temecula during the campaign period— and

The number of drivers arrested in Temecula during saturation patrols was not immediately available.

The Avoid program, part of a national campaign, "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over," coincided with the California Highway Patrol's Labor Day weekend"Maximum Enforcement Period," during which all available CHP officers hit the streets to nab intoxicated motorists, speeders and other traffic violators.

Additional Avoid programs are planned during Halloween and throughout the holidays.

—Maggie Avants contributed to this report

TVOR September 05, 2012 at 03:23 PM
What is it gonna take to get people to be more responsible with alcohol?
Galactic Cannibal September 05, 2012 at 07:57 PM
The U.S. is the Land of Laws , but little or NO justice. It will stay that way for as long as we spend $21 on guns -n- bullets (Military) anD $2 on educating our future (our children). A disastrous ratio in favor of guns -n - bullets . Since 9/11 over 156,000 residents in America have been murdered in America.. That is a fact...just check out the US JD stats. Sadly the tens of millions of poorly educated , plus the rednecks who inhabit our national criminal swamps, cannot understand .
Brenda October 04, 2012 at 08:18 PM
700 hundred arrests is fabulous! TVOR its not going to happen until the sentencing is harsher. It used to be 3 x's your OUT, but now its 3x your out is true, out of jail time, even if you kill someone in the process of driving drunk. Sorry, no room, these criminals might have to sleep on a floor with pillow and blanket and that is just "not right" God forbid. GAL CANN, the rednecks dont need to understand down in the swamps, they drink, they drive, they hit someone, they take them out and dump them in the swamps about behind the shack. No one ever knows. Sentencing will not change until we get room in our jails. So to make room we take out illegals and have them work the border building the new wall like a chain gang, like the old days. Now there is room, and then take out the citizens in jail and they also work chain gangs as there should NOT be a nice free cushy life in prison, WORK. If you work 3 shifts of chain gangs there is always 1/3 of the bed left right? So we can take in and fill up with 1/3 more prisoners. Freeways and roads! We start making prison time like its suppose to be then people will avoid getting put there like never before. AS it is now, you drink and kill someone and you get a year or 2 if we are lucky of the 4 yr sentence. 4 yr for killing someone.


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