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CHP Makes 47 Arrests for Suspected Drunken Driving

The arrests were made during the New Year's weekend.

Nearly 50 people were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs during a New Year's weekend anti-DUI crackdown in the Riverside County, authorities said Wednesday.

The California Highway Patrol's "maximum enforcement period," which ran from Friday night to Tuesday night, netted 47 DUI arrests on highways and county roads patrolled by officers from the Riverside CHP office.

During the previous New Year's MEP, 28 people were arrested. That campaign, however, was a day shorter.

Between Friday and Tuesday, there were 27 collisions locally, 13 of them involving injuries, according to Officer Steve Carapia. He said 447 citations were issued for a variety of infractions.

The MEP coincided with the Riverside County Avoid the 30 task force's end-of-year holiday crackdown, which began Dec. 14 and wrapped up last night.

By Thursday, the Avoid campaign had racked up 466 DUI-related arrests, according to Riverside police Sgt. Skip Showlater, the Avoid coordinator.

Final figures were expected out Wednesday night or Thursday.

-City News Service

tbone January 03, 2013 at 02:08 AM
Wow to think all this was done with out an unconstitutional dui check point . How many were arrested at last months checkpoint 2 .
lori January 03, 2013 at 04:33 AM
Who do u give a shit if there is check point if your not doing anything illegal
5150 January 03, 2013 at 04:35 AM
Great , keep the drunks off the road, damn bastards!
Kathy January 03, 2013 at 05:03 AM
Tbone, for your information, the Supreme Court has already ruled on the Constitutionality of D.U.I. checkpoints. The Court recognizes the benefit to public safety far outweighs the inconvenience. Over 750 people were killed by D.U.I. drivers in California last year. That's more than the U.S. has lost in any one year in Afghanistan and on par with the number of troops lost in Iraq during the heaviest resistance. In essence, QUIT WHINING!
JJ Mclure January 03, 2013 at 02:33 PM
tbone should visit the morgue
SA January 03, 2013 at 06:43 PM
I personally do not agree with “Checkpoint Charlie”, but on the flip if a person is driving legally then who cares. In my opinion saturation patrols seem to be more operative which also allows the officers to respond to other crimes.
kristin c January 03, 2013 at 07:04 PM
What don't people get about drinking and driving. I wish every one of these offenders would be locked up. There should be more checkpoints!
Brenda January 03, 2013 at 09:48 PM
Keeping on counting drunks, your time will come. Either by checkpoint you forgot to read about or random patrols, or someone calling in your swerving. We are so hurt and sickened by dead bodies littering our streets because DRUNKS cannot take a taxi, or designate a driver, or stay where they are to drink, their home, a friends, ITS THAT EASY. Be nice, get laid and spend the night at his/or her house for godsake, then you dont have to go home! Not enough of you are getting lucky and end up wrapping a family around a telephone pole. RAWR!!!!!! Happy New Year to all 47 of you and I hope it was 2nd, 3rd, violations and the key is thrown away, the license is taken away, the car, the insurance, everything!
Brenda January 04, 2013 at 12:16 AM
LOL Steve, well if I was still young and a bit wild its far better then drunk driving. Whenever we drank back when, single, well there was no problem spending the night whereever the party was or close to it. Right? Some of you in your 50s must be able to relate. I never let anyone leave my house if the party was there, it was just taken for granted that was where you would stay if you drank. Same when I went to others parties. Then when you get older, married, one or the other who drinks doesnt drive, or you stick around for coffee, snacks, and get sober, just be smart. I just cannot see someone getting byhind the wheel of a car knowing they are drunk, AND we know when we are drunk right? If I was dancing on tables I was drunk, alot drunk, ok, drunk off my butt, and friends carried me out, threw me in their backseat and got me home. Thank God that wasn't often.!! I just want people to think Steve, before they get behind that wheel drunk, think, count to 10, anything that makes you change your mind, and be responsible, save lives. My New Year was spent playing Wow with my grandson and husband, Lord how the years have changed, LOL.
rayne January 04, 2013 at 12:39 AM
I like that new cars will have breath detection device on cars. Great idea no one gets hurt not the victims or the drunks. I know I wouldn't mind have my car not start cuz I was drunk.. Be there thankful all is well. But would for sure not be driving. Will keep that quarter in the pocket for the taxi cuz my car said so.
rayne January 04, 2013 at 12:45 AM
luv to all, but for me when I am to drunk to drive, I really dont know it at that point and even sometimes depending on who it is telling me, I am more determined so I would not mind if a stupid computer in my car told me dumb ass you are driving tonight, Worse case senario is calling the insurance company to get my dashboard repaired.
Brenda January 04, 2013 at 01:23 AM
Great comments Rayne. Others who believe their rights are being stepped on, or violated will hate on you in comments, but if it saves lives then you are saying the right stuff. That is all I care about. I dont care if I have to drive thru check points, if I get pulled over once a day for swerving, cause I dont drink, so I am ok. I do not understand the broo haha over trying to stop DUI's from killing our family and friends because they are not smart enough to stay out of their car if they are drunk. If its true, and these devices do actually get put in every single car, which I have been writing about for years since I saw the first one come out, I am so happy, I just cant even express it in words. Me at a loss for words is a /BIG THING.
Timber January 04, 2013 at 04:28 AM
...because ONLY the dead from drunk drivers are there ?..... Logic fail.....
Timber January 04, 2013 at 04:32 AM
Checkpoints are voluntary and I withhold MY consent to participate BECAUSE I am doing nothing wrong. You are free to participate and I would not chide you for it because that is your Right.
Tom Tompson January 06, 2013 at 06:15 PM
Set DUI aside a minute. People you should never be willing to turn your head the other way when your government crosses a line. (And I'm not saying they are with the check point) The attitude of it may be unconstitutional but if you’re not guilty you don't need to worry about it is a display of ignorance on a grand scale.
Brenda January 07, 2013 at 09:04 PM
Tom, Not ignorance at all. Its just not something I am going to add to the ole stress table, and also if I am not drinking it doesnt bother me at all. We have far bigger fish to fry in this country as far as our rights and things that have been done to our country and continue to be done without us doing anything about it or thinking we cant do anything about it. If people could get as upset about the illegal problem we continue to carry around on our backs like a Vegas Casino, cha ching, cha ching, and getting business's back into the USA who do business IN THE USA, we might stand a chance. A DUI Check point is not going to make or break my rights but it might prevent someone from being killed by a drunk driver.

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