150+ People Arrested in RivCo on Suspicion of DUI During Holiday Weekend

Results from this year's July 4 holiday 'avoid the 30' operation are in.

Patch file photo by Daniel Lane.
Patch file photo by Daniel Lane.

More than 150 motorists were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence throughout Riverside County during the Fourth of July holiday weekend, authorities reported Wednesday.

The "Avoid the 30" task force -- named for the number of area police agencies involved -- conducted saturation patrols and staffed sobriety checkpoints from Thursday morning to Sunday night as part of its annual Independence Day crackdown.

The anti-DUI campaign coincided with the California Highway Patrol's "maximum enforcement period," during which all available officers hit the streets to nab impaired drivers, speeders and other traffic violators.

According to Riverside police Sgt. Robert Tipre, the Avoid coordinator, 159 people were arrested countywide for alleged DUI between Thursday and Sunday, compared to 205 arrests during the 2013 Fourth of July Avoid campaign.

"Tragically, there was a death attributed to a drunk driver in our area (over the weekend)," Tipre said. "Last year, there were no DUI deaths reported."

The next Avoid effort will begin in mid-August and last through Labor Day weekend.

– City News Service. 


ChrisG July 10, 2014 at 08:31 AM
@renee, can you get a comparative break down in the numbers arrested at check points versus saturation patrols please?
Marvin Harrison July 16, 2014 at 10:31 AM
DUI should be the primary traffic enforcement priority.
ChrisG July 16, 2014 at 05:44 PM
That's right Marvin. The problem is people think checkpoints are a good enforcement tool when that is not the case. The stats I've seen are abysmal compared to saturation and roving patrols. This problem shouldn't be muddled with PC crap. Let's get real stats published so localities can choose what is best to keep the most drunk drivers off the roads. Thanks.
Thresher300 July 16, 2014 at 06:26 PM
I was coming home from a 4th of July party by Lake Elsinore about 10 PM. No PD and hardly a car out. From the 15 mile ride it took us to get home, I think we passed 3 cars. I thought that was weird because Grand Ave. is a haven for drunk drivers.


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