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Avoid a DUI Arrest This New Years

Posted on: 12/30/2011

Just as police were turning in their clearance numbers for yesterday’s massive warrant sweep in Alameda County, they are preparing for New Year’s Eve. The operation cleared 52 warrants, said Officer Traci Riebejo of the Livermore police, who researched the warrants and conducted the briefing.

Avoid the 21, Alameda County’s multi-jurisdictional DUI crackdown, has four words of advice for partygoers: Get a designated driver. Livermore Lt. Ava Garavatti also requests that people turn in dangerous drivers they see on the road by using their cell phones.

Every city police department plans intense DUI enforcement for New Year’s Eve and for New Year’s Day.

The freeways will be teeming with black-and-white California Highway Patrol cruisers. Avoid the 8, across the Bay in San Francisco, plans a New Year’s Eve checkpoint, although no checkpoints are scheduled for Alameda County.

“Last year, we brought in 59 DUI suspects over New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day; that was about double the total for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day,” Garavatti said.

Avoid the 21 will end its crackdown on at midnight New Year’s Day. The California Office of Traffic Safety funds it through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

California Highway Patrol, Dublin, Hayward, Oakland, Castro Valley Area Commands will have a maximum enforcement period from 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 30, through midnight New Year’s Day, Jan. 1.

During the holidays there will be nightly DUI saturation patrols by the Livermore Police Dept. and Alameda County Sheriff’s Office. Periodic DUI saturation patrols by police in Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Dublin, E. Bay Regional Park District, Emeryville, Fremont, Hayward, Newark, Oakland, Piedmont, Pleasanton, San Leandro, U.C. Berkeley, Union City will also take place.

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