Log: 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 impaired drivers in the Department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign. DUI saturation patrols will deploy on Friday, August 3, and Saturday, August 4, 2012 between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. in areas with high frequencies of DUI collisions and/or arrests.

Officers will also be conducting an additional DUI saturation patrol on Friday, August 10, 2012 from 9:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.

In 2010, over 10,000 people were killed nationally in motor vehicle traffic crashes that involved at least one driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 percent or higher. In Californian, this deadly crime led to 791 deaths because someone failed to designate a sober driver. Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed 10 lives and resulted in 218 injury crashes, harming 358 of our friends and neighbors in the City of Modesto.

“RUOK?” is the text message version of the often heard question, “Are you okay to drive?” If you have to ask someone the question, you already know the answer,” said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS). “You know they have had too much to drink or are showing signs of being “buzzed.” You know that they are not okay to drive. Asking the question doesn’t relieve you of the responsibility. Call them a cab, take them home yourself, offer your couch.”

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!

MEDIA NOTES: To schedule an interview regarding impaired driving efforts and programs in California please contact Chris Cochran, California Office of Traffic Safety at (916) 509-3063 or via email at ccochran@ots.ca.gov.