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June 1, 2010 > Avoid the 21 DUI Campaign

Avoid the 21 DUI Campaign

By Meenu Gupta
Photos By Bill Mancebo

Avoid the 21 DUI campaign deployed Officers over the Memorial Day holiday weekend at DUI/Drivers License checkpoints and DUI saturation patrols to continue successful efforts of arresting drunk drivers, lowering deaths and injuries, and educating the public about the dangers of impaired driving.

According to Hayward Police Dept. Traffic Unit, the Avoid DUI campaigns are proving successful. Memorial Day weekend alcohol involved deaths and injuries over the past three years have dropped dramatically by over 26% from Memorial Weekend 2007 to 2009. According to Memorial Day weekend alcohol involved killed and injured data for California. In contrast to 526 reported killed or injured in 2007, the number dropped to 431 in 2008 and further to 385 in 2009.

The enforcement campaign began Friday night, May 28 throughout the Alameda County. Hayward Police Dept. organized a multi-agency DUI/Drivers License checkpoint on Saturday, May 29 in the area of Foothill Blvd. and City Center Dr. Officers from the Hayward Police, BART Police and the California Highway Patrol will be staffing this checkpoint.

The Fremont Police Department also conducted a sobriety and driver's license checkpoint on Saturday night, May 29 on Niles Boulevard near the intersection of Linda Drive, where a significant number of DUI-related collisions and DUI arrests have occurred. DUI arrests can be embarrassing and expensive, but they're easy to prevent," said Traffic Lieutenant Mark Riggs. "If you're drinking, hand your keys over to a designated sober driver, or call a taxi or sober friend for a ride home. Don't risk an arrest... or worse, a serious injury or even death."

The purpose of the sobriety checkpoint is to reduce the number of traffic collisions related to intoxicated drivers and hit-and-run collisions. Officers screened drivers passing through the checkpoint for sobriety and a valid driver's license. The checkpoint served as a reminder to use designated drivers and not drink and drive. For more information please contact wwwcaliforniaavoid.org.

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