Police arrest 67 for DUIs over winter campaign

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Placer County law enforcement officers arrested 67 people on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs over its recent holiday crackdown campaign. The winter holiday campaign lasted from 17 days spanning from Dec. 17 to midnight Jan. 2. Officers from seven agencies in Placer County saturated the county and held DUI checkpoints on various days at differing locations. The 67 arrests are preliminary with some agencies yet to report their final DUI arrest tallies, according to Officer Todd Rayback with the Lincoln Police Department. The early number is so far lower than last year’s 89 DUI arrests during the same timeframe. No local DUI-related deaths were reported during the 2010 and 2009 winter holiday campaigns. Law enforcement plan to hold more Avoid the 7 DUI prevention efforts this year, including saturation of officers during St. Patrick’s Day, Rayback said. “Police, Sheriff and the CHP encourage all motorists to help make your community safer: Report Drunk Drivers — Call 9-1-1 anytime you encounter and danger impaired driver,” Rayback said. Funding for the program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. ~ Staff report