RIVERSIDE – A countywide crackdown on drunken and drug-impaired drivers netted 185 arrests over the Memorial Day weekend, authorities said today.
The Riverside County Avoid the 30 task force — named for the number of area law enforcement agencies involved — initiated an anti-DUI campaign beginning Friday morning and concluding at 11:59 p.m. Monday, during which four sobriety checkpoints and 20 saturation patrols were deployed.
Participating cities included Blythe, Coachella, Corona, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Lake Elsinore, Moreno Valley, Palm Springs, Perris, Riverside, San Jacinto and Temecula.
Last year’s Memorial Day weekend campaign resulted in 205 arrests. Unlike last year, there were no DUI-related fatalities countywide between Friday and Monday.
The Avoid campaign coincided with the California Highway Patrol’s ”maximum enforcement period,” during which all available officers hit the streets to catch lawbreakers.
Another Avoid program is slated for the July 4 weekend.