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 Friday, March 29, 2013 between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. in areas with high frequencies of DUI collisions and/or arrests.

“The City of Modesto takes a very proactive approach toward DUI Enforcement,” said Sergeant Craig Breckenridge of the Modesto Police Department Traffic Unit. “This is a ‘Zero Tolerance’ crackdown so Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over!”
In California, this deadly crime led to 791 deaths in 2010 because someone failed to designate a sober driver. After falling dramatically for five straight years, preliminary figures for 2011 indicate an increase in fatalities. Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed 10 lives and resulted in 225 injury crashes, harming 358 of our friends and neighbors in the City of Modesto.
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 $9,000.
“Despite the recent increases, California’s roadways are still very much safer than they were before 2006,” said OTS Director Christopher J. Murphy. “The Modesto Police Department will keep the pressure on through enforcement and public awareness so that we can continue saving lives and reach the vision we all share – Toward zero deaths, every 1 counts.”
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!
  • Modusto

    This is a crime of primarily the police’s manufacturing, most of the time. Many of those deaths are caused by alcoholics who would be out driving regardless of law and penalty. So nabbing someone after you follow them out of a bar parking lot for having a license plate light out is not necessarily saving any lives. But it sure makes a lot of money.

  • kimmyk

    No, it’s to save me from people like Modusto. lol

  • Modusto

    Your attitude is perfect for those who want to make money off of the law, and not enforce it in a smart way. OMG LOL.

  • kimmyk

    This is good enforcement! There are so many drunks out there it is ridiculous. I am so glad, I got the frack out of Modesto and CA. It’s a crappy state with too many illegals and severe budget issues that will hamper the state of decades!

  • Modusto

    I hear you about the illegal aliens in the area. The Modesto Police need to be focusing on the major crime that is taking place in the area (see my first sentence). And many citizens, like myself, know that DUI “enforcement” comes down to money. To pay these guys to sit around at checkpoints or follow people around and wait for them to barely hit a yellow line and then pull them over is a waste of taxpayer money and is not going to stop the random drunk from wrapping his truck around a family’s minivan. But they get paid in the end, and they have people in the community who back it up, as if it really reduces deaths; which it doesnt – and thats supposed to be the point, right?