RIVERSIDE – More than two dozen motorists were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in the Riverside area over the New Year’s holiday weekend, the California Highway Patrol said today.
The CHP’s three-day “maximum enforcement period,” during which all available officers deployed to catch lawbreakers, concluded about midnight Jan. 1, resulting in 30 arrests throughout their area, which includes Corona, Eastvale, El Cerrito, Jurupa Valley, Lake Mathews and Moreno Valley, according to the CHP.
Two people were killed in separate collisions within the Riverside CHP’s jurisdiction over the weekend.
During the 2017 New Year’s holiday period, 14 people were arrested for alleged impaired driving, and there were no fatalities, according to figures.
In the CHP’s Inland Division, which encompasses the Riverside metro area and all of San Bernardino County, a total 93 DUI arrests were made over the holiday weekend, compared to 57 during the same period a year ago.
The maximum enforcement period coincided with end-of-year enforcement campaigns waged by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, as well as multiple municipal police agencies that utilized saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints to net drunken and drug-impaired drivers. Those campaigns ended last night.