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DUI task force tallies holiday arrests

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From page A3 | January 05, 2014 | 6 Comments

A holiday crackdown on impaired driving by Yolo County’s Avoid the 8 task force resulted in 60 DUI arrests over a 20-day period, authorities announced Friday.

The arrests were the result of sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols and regular patrols throughout the county between Dec. 13 and Jan. 1, said Davis police Sgt. Rod Rifredi, task force coordinator. Officers also served warrants on 10 DUI offenders.

There were no fatal collisions reported in Yolo County during the crackdown period, although there were two injury collisions being investigated in which alcohol may have been a factor, Rifredi said.

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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  • greg johnsonJanuary 05, 2014 - 9:36 am

    One has to wonder at times whether these crackdowns are done in the interest of public safety or revenue generation. Don't get me wrong. I know drunk driving is a problem with many horrible consequences and I don't think it's OK. However, it does seem incongruous that drinking is not just commonplace but promoted in this society, and yet we have pushed the legal level down so low. I believe a DWI case can be made for a level of .06. It would be interesting to know what percentage of people leaving bars and restaurants for their cars had a level of .06 or more. It would also make sense to correlate blood alcohol levels to incidence of so-called "alcohol-related" accidents. In other words, what percentage of these involve alcohol levels between .06 and .1? I hate to be cynical but sometimes I question sobriety checkpoints and their contribution of funds to cash-strapped governments. When one considers it from that point of view, CHP officers can probably cite 20 speeders or more in one day. That may generate $3000 while it probably only has a cost of $500/day to put him out on the road. I'm sure that this helps to take a little bite out of the deficit, and I've noted CHPs are out in force for the past several years. So, again I ask, whose interests are these measures undertaken for? Just food for thought.

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  • Rich RifkinJanuary 05, 2014 - 10:01 am

    "I believe a DWI case can be made for a level of .06." ................. The BAC limit in California is 0.08%. It's now the same in all 50 states, though some, including California, have lower limits for commercial drivers (operating large trucks) and even lower limits for minors. .............. See: http://www.dmv.org/ca-california/automotive-law/dui.php

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  • YuleJanuary 06, 2014 - 9:04 am

    Greg, drinking is promoted by the alcoholic beverage industry, not government or law enforcement. And as to your CHP example, please be aware that the CHP gets nothing, zero, zip, nada from tickets. The majority of the revenue goes to the courts, with some to the counties, and some to special funds.

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  • Greg JohnsonJanuary 06, 2014 - 1:11 pm

    Yule, I was not implying that the CHP as an entity is trying to make itself rich, only that they are being used as a money-making machine for government. I think safety is an important goal (I commute 3 times a week and am shocked by the stupidity and recklessness on the road) but I just question whether these tickets are helping the problem or just making money from it.

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  • YuleJanuary 06, 2014 - 2:42 pm

    Greg, no one tactic can be either praised or blamed for what happens to the DUI rate, but DUI fatalities have dropped by 37% since 2005, so something, or more likely many things, are working. I figure that fear of crashing and fear of getting a DUI are the two biggest things.

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  • ontJanuary 06, 2014 - 9:54 am

    "we have pushed the legal level down so low". Yes quite a bit lower than the old standard but still relatively high compared internationally.

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