Labor Day weekend DUI arrests far higher than last year

local@modbee.comSeptember 2, 2013 

— An anti-DUI crackdown from mid-August through Labor Day weekend has resulted in a number of arrests far higher than last year, Ceres police Sgt. Chris Perry reported in a news release Monday.

From Aug. 16 through midnight Sunday, officers with 12 county law enforcement agencies arrested 126 people on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In 2012, 77 DUI arrests occurred during the 17-day time period.

There were no DUI fatal accidents or major DUI-related traffic collisions reported during this time period, Perry said.

On Monday night, extra DUI patrols were deployed in Modesto and Oakdale, and all regularly scheduled traffic and patrol officers focused their efforts on stopping and arresting DUI drivers.

Funding for the Avoid the 12 program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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