Countywide Memorial Day Weekend Crackdown Planned

RIVERSIDE – Law enforcement agencies throughout Riverside County will be ramping up patrols to catch drunken drivers, speeders and other scofflaws during Memorial Day weekend, it was announced today.

The county’s Avoid the 30 task force — named for the number of area police agencies involved — is planning saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints beginning 6 p.m. Friday and wrapping up shortly after midnight Tuesday.

The effort will coincide with the California Highway Patrol’s Memorial Day weekend ”Maximum Enforcement Period,” during which all available officers are deployed to crack down on intoxicated motorists, distracted drivers and other traffic violators.

During the 2013 Memorial Day weekend Avoid campaign, 205 people were arrested on suspicion of drunken or drug-impaired driving in Riverside County, compared to 230 the year before.

Driver’s license checkpoints and concentrated patrols are planned this weekend in Blythe, Coachella, Corona, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Lake Elsinore, Moreno Valley, Palm Springs, Perris, Riverside, San Jacinto and Temecula.

Authorities offered the following tips for residents planning to host get-togethers where alcohol will be served:

— ensure guests who choose to imbibe have a designated driver or can arrange for ride-sharing;

— serve plenty of food and non-alcoholic beverages;

— limit drinks to one or two over several hours per person; and

— take the keys away from an individual showing obvious signs of drunkenness and call them a cab if necessary.

3 Responses to "Countywide Memorial Day Weekend Crackdown Planned"

  1. Avoid all business   May 22, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    The answer is to avoid businesses in Riverside County and go to the beach or mountains for the holiday. Stay off the roads, drink at home at barbeques and let the taxes that normally would be collected from businesses stay in your pocket. Otherwise, you can be pulled over, randomly searched for no articulable suspicion and if they don’t like you for whatever reason, they will find a reason to ticket or incarcerate.

  2. anonymous   May 22, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    Huh? Just don’t drive drunk….

  3. Avoid all business   May 23, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Anonymous, you missed the point. It’s not just about drunk driving. It’s about "other scofflaws" and the misuse of drunk driving check points. If pressure were put on the sheriff by the loss of business, then random searches for no articulable suspicion would be looked at more closely.


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