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Holiday season crackdown nets 75 DUI arrests
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Ceres Police Sgt. Chris Perry of the traffic enforcement unit, is in charge of the Avoid the 12 anti-DUI crackdown this holiday season. He also participates in saturation patrols. - photo by JEFF BENZIGER/Courier file photo

The winter holiday 12-police agency anti-DUI crackdown has resulted in a significant number of DUI arrests from local routine traffic enforcement and special "Avoid the 12" DUI deployments in Stanislaus County.

From Friday Dec, 12 through Sunday, Dec. 28, officers representing the 12 police agencies have arrested 75 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and 67 individuals for having outstanding DUI warrants for their arrest. There have been no DUI related fatalities reported.

During the same 17-day period in 2013, 103 DUI arrests and 83 DUI warrant arrest occurred.

This week of the campaign extra DUI saturation patrols will be deployed in Ceres and Modesto. The CHP is deploying all available officers for their second maximum enforcement period covering New Year's eve this evening.

All regularly scheduled traffic and patrol officers will focus efforts at stopping and arresting DUI drivers during their normal shifts. Multiple DUI/Driver's License Checkpoints, Multi Agency DUI Task Force operations and local roving DUI patrols are all part of this region-wide crackdown during the 21-day winter holiday campaign.

Police, Sheriff and the CHP encourage all motorists to help make the community safer by reporting drunken drivers by calling 911.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. DUI arrest data collection will continue through New Year's Day on Thursday, Jan. 1.