DUI Enforcement Operations Planned this Weekend

Modesto, CA – Officers from the Modesto Police Department’s DUI Enforcement Team will be deploying this weekend to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers in the Department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign. DUI Saturation Patrols will deploy on Saturday, February 15, 2014 between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 3:30 a.m. in areas with high frequencies of DUI collisions and/or arrests.

The Modesto Police Department continues to take a proactive approach toward DUI Enforcement.  “We aren’t simply sitting on the sidelines waiting for a DUI to catch our attention. We will actively seek out those drivers who are impaired and take action,” said Sergeant Craig Breckenridge of the Modesto Police Department Traffic Unit.  “This is a ‘Zero Tolerance’ crackdown so Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over!”

After falling dramatically for five straight years, figures for 2012 show an increase to 802 deaths because someone failed to designate a sober driver. Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed 13 lives and resulted in 225 injury crashes harming 358 of our friends and neighbors.

DUI can impact the economy in addition to the pain and suffering of those immediately affected.   Conservatively, a fatality has a $1.4 million impact, an injury $70,000, and a crash that only damages property averages nearly $9000.

Funding for this program is from a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Report Drunk Drivers, Call 911!