Placer County DUI task force plans holiday crackdown

Increased patrols, checkpoints in store for drivers
By: Staff Report
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Three steps to stay safe and out of trouble

1. Plan ahead. If you will be drinking, do not plan on driving. Designate a sober driver or find another safe way home.

2. If you are impaired, find another way home. Use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member or use public transportation.

3. Be responsible. If someone you know is drinking, do not let them get behind the wheel. If you see an impaired driver on the road, report them - call 911.


Placer County December 

enforcement schedule

Avoid the 7 Placer County DUI task force is announcing its upcoming enforcement operations for the winter holiday DUI campaign.

Dec. 17-23: Participating Avoid the 7 Agencies will conduct DUI saturation patrols in their jurisdictions.

Saturday, Dec. 22: DUI/drivers license checkpoint, City of Auburn, beginning at 10 p.m.

Dec. 24-30: Participating Avoid the 7 Agencies will conduct DUI saturation patrols in their jurisdictions.

Friday, Dec. 28: DUI/drivers license checkpoint, City of Roseville, time and location to be determined.

Dec. 31-Jan. 1: Participating Avoid the 7 Agencies will conduct DUI saturation patrols in their jurisdictions

This time of year means holiday parties and celebrations, and local law enforcement aims to keep those memories merry by keeping drunk drivers off the road.

The Placer County Avoid the 7 DUI task force, comprised of seven local law enforcement agencies, is launching its “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown to stop impaired drivers and save lives.

The Placer County Avoid the 7 task force announced that officers and deputies will be aggressively looking for impaired drivers and will arrest anyone caught driving under the influence. Enforcement efforts will include multiple DUI/drivers license checkpoints, local DUI saturation patrols, a multi-agency DUI task force strike team patrol and a DUI warrant/probations sweep.

The California Highway Patrol will deploy all available officers during two maximum enforcement periods – Christmas and New Year’s weekends. The special enforcement crackdown runs through January 1, 2013.

“Lots of folks will be out during this busy holiday season, enjoying themselves and the holiday festivities, and we want everyone to be safe on our roadways,” Auburn Police Chief John Ruffcorn said in a press release. “That’s why we will be stepping up enforcement to catch and arrest impaired drivers. Please be forewarned. If you are caught driving impaired, you will be arrested. No warnings. No excuses.”

During 2010, more than 10,000 people were killed nationwide in motor vehicle traffic crashes involving an impaired driver, and in Californian 791 people died. There were 10 individuals killed in Placer County that year, representing more than 41 percent of Placer County traffic fatalities for 2010.

The holiday season is a particularly dangerous time. During December 2010, 30 percent of all fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes involved alcohol-impaired drivers. Data also shows that among those alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities, 71 percent occurred when drivers had nearly twice the legal limit blood alcohol concentration of .15 percent BAC or higher.

“No one ever thinks that their holiday celebration will end in jail, or worse, in a hospital or the morgue,” Ruffcorn said. “But for those who include alcohol in their celebrations and then get behind the wheel, this is too often the case.”