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88 arrested in 18-day countywide DUI crackdown

The 12 police agencies that engaged in the countywide "Avoid the 12" DUI crackdown from Aug. 21 to Sept. 7 arrested 88 drivers for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and 75 with arrest warrants for prior DUIs.

The crackdown was held from midnight on August 21 to midnight on Sept. 7. The enforcement was part of the national "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign, to save lives and make roads safer.

"If everyone would drive sober, thousands of lives could be saved each year," said Ceres Police Lt. Chris Perry who led the campaign.

In 2013, 10,076 people were killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes in the United States. California's DUI deaths stood at 867 that year. That's almost a third of all the traffic crash fatalities for the year according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The Stanislaus County DUI Task Force and thousands of law enforcement agencies around the country teamed up with the NHTSA on the high-visibility enforcement campaign this year. The annual effort aims to reduce drunk driving year-round, not just on these few days at the end of summer. The campaign is over, but the warning remains: ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over."

Law enforcement officials will be conducting more anti-DUI efforts throughout the county and region again during Halloween before planning for the December Winter DUI Mobilization. Police, Sheriff and the CHP officers encourage all motorists to report drunk drivers by calling 911.

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