Zero Sonoma County DUI Related Deaths This Holiday Season

Zero Sonoma County DUI related fatalities this holiday season brings cheer to local law enforcement officers. This year’s Sonoma County DUI holiday campaign yielded fewer drivers driving while impaired, and no DUI-related fatalities, the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat reported.
2012’s year-end “Avoid the 13” enhanced enforcement campaign, which ran from Dec. to Jan. 1, generated a total of 144 arrests throughout Sonoma County, officials announced on Jan. 2. That number represents a 12 percent decline from the same period in 2011, when officers arrested 163 drivers on suspicion of DUI.Happy New Year NASA Theme
Sgt. Ken Savano of the Petaluma Police, coordinator of Avoid the 13, extolled one of the best pieces of news to come from the campaign. “Fortunately there were no deaths attributed to a drunk driver in our area. Last year there was one alcohol-related death during the year-end campaign,” Savano told KTVU TV. Savano also told the TV station that DUI-related injuries in Sonoma County remained the same from 2011 to 2012. Six people suffered injuries as a result of five DUI-related accident this year, while six crashes injured the same number of people in 2011.
The “Avoid the 13” name comes from the 13 area law enforcement agencies, each of whom participates in the campaign, which is spearheaded by the Petaluma Police Department. According to Savano, the campaign utilizes checkpoints, saturation patrols and an increased emphasis on seeking out drivers who appear to driving while impaired. The initiative includes heightened efforts targeting occasions that lead to increased partying and/or drinking and which, statistics suggest, produce the greatest likelihood of DUI-related injuries and deaths. The next enhanced enforcement period centers around Super Bowl Sunday, which occurs on Feb. 3, followed next by St. Patrick’s Day in March.
Savano also told the Press-Democrat that most of the arrests occurred during the weekends. Authorities made 29 arrests the first weekend, 34 on Dec. 21-23, and 34 on the year’s final weekend. Law enforcement made an additional 15 arrests on Jan. 1, with most of those coming in the hours immediately after New Years’ Eve celebrations and “ringing in the new year.”
KTVU also reported that nearby Solano County logged 38 DUI arrests (down from 48 in the same period of 2011,) and Marin County tallied five arrests. Statewide, the four-day New Year’s weekend produced 1,273 arrests for suspicion of DUI. That number is almost identical to the same four-day period the previous year, which generated 1,270 arrests statewide.
As another holiday season ends and a new year begins, drivers can resolve to engage in several behaviors to enhance safety. Don’t drink and drive. Don’t let others drink and drive. Contact that the authorities if you spot someone driving in a manner that suggests he/she is impaired. However, if you find yourself charged with DUI, consult a knowledgeable Sonoma County DUI attorney. Our Beck Law P.C. Sonoma County DUI attorneys are experienced at handling all types of DUI-related cases. Our attorneys are here to help you analyze your legal options and decide what course makes the most sense for you. Please contact us online or call our Santa Rosa office at 707-576-7175 for a confidential Sonoma County DUI consultation.


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