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Placer holiday DUI enforcement in full force

Two checkpoints, 15 DUI patrols planned
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Extra law enforcement patrols will be watching for over-spirited holiday partygoers over the next few weeks. Starting Friday, the Placer County Avoid the 7 launched its local “Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest” campaign that will last until Jan. 3, 2010. The campaign will crack down on impaired drivers by setting up driving under the influence checkpoints, conducting DUI task force operations and release DUI roving patrols in the area. “We continue to see far too many people suffer debilitating injuries and loss of their loved ones as a result of impaired driving. This careless disregard for human life must stop,” said Lincoln Police Chief Brian Vizzusi “To help ensure that this happens, the Avoid the 7 partners are dedicated to arresting impaired driving. To help, we ask everyone to report drunk drivers, call 9-1-1!” Avoid the 7 law enforcement agencies will staff officers at two checkpoints in the cities of Roseville and Auburn and over 15 DUI Patrols in various parts of Placer County. CHP will be staffing 80 percent of all available officers during the four-day Christmas and New Years holiday weekends. During the 2008 winter enforcement period, 117 individuals were arrested for DUI in Placer County and there were two DUI related fatal collisions. Christoper J. Murphy, Director of the California Office of Traffic Safety, warned that violates often face jail time, higher insurance rates, and attorney fees and could lose their driver’s license. “So don’t take the chance,” Murphy said. “Remember, if you are over the limit, you are under arrest.” The DUI enforcement campaign is funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. For more information visit californiaavoid.org and Stopimpaireddriving.org. ~ Staff report