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Coachella Valley end of year anti-DUI campaign wraps up

Published On: Jan 01 2013 09:34:13 AM CST


A roughly two-week-long crackdown on drunken and drug- impaired drivers in Riverside County will conclude tonight.
      As of Thursday, 466 people had been arrested in the Avoid the 30 task  force's anti-DUI campaign, which began Dec. 14. The task force, named for the  number of participating law enforcement agencies, will wrap up operations at  11:59 p.m. 
      During last year's end-of-year crackdown, 682 people were arrested on  suspicion of DUI.
      Today, agencies countywide will be staffing sobriety checkpoints and  conducting saturation patrols 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 on Memorial Day weekend.