Law enforcement agencies will be out in force during the New Year's weekend in an effort to keep impaired drivers off the road.
Agencies in Sacramento and Placer counties report that arrests of drunken or drugged drivers during the first 14 days of an anti-DUI campaign are down from the same period last year. And so far, no DUI-related deaths have been reported in either county during the winter holiday crackdown.
From 12:01 a.m. Dec. 16 through midnight Thursday, officers representing 17 law enforcement agencies in Sacramento County had arrested 261 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to a news release. In 2010, 317 DUI arrests occurred during the same 14-day time period.
In Placer County, seven law enforcement agencies arrested 35 individuals for DUI offenses, compared with 51 arrests during the same period in 2010.
The campaign will continue through the New Year's weekend.
Tonight, Placer County's Avoid the 7 Task Force will conduct a saturation patrol in Roseville.
In Sacramento County, the Avoid the Capital 17 Task Force will conduct a DUI checkpoint in Elk Grove tonight. The Sacramento Police Department will conduct a checkpoint at 21st Street and Capitol Avenue, and the CHP will operate checkpoints in the north and south areas of Sacramento County.
Local DUI saturation patrols are planned in the cities of Citrus Heights and Elk Grove.
The CHP also will deploy all available officers for DUI enforcement beginning at 6 tonight and continuing through midnight Monday.