Holiday DUI Crackdown

December 31, 2008 5:57:09 PM PST
The Fresno Police Department is sending out a warning to New Year's Eve partiers --- officers will be out in full force. Things are expected to be even more dangerous than usual because of foggy weather conditions.If you plan on celebrating the New Year with alcohol, Fresno Police have a message for you ... don't drive. The departments nationally recognized anti-DUI program will be in full swing this New Year's Eve with two checkpoints and roving patrols covering the entire city.

Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said, "That is consistent with what we do all year long. That's consistent with what we've been doing all over the holidays and again, we'll be seeking out drunk drivers within our city.

Last year, The Fresno Police Department made 16 DUI arrests. And the majority of those drivers averaged a point 15 blood alcohol content nearly twice the legal limit. The intense police presence, combined with the fog is keeping some people off the streets, and in the comforts of home.

"Well, I don't do it myself, and I hope nobody else does. That's why I'm staying in cause I wanna be safe from the weather and drunk drivers," said Kim Crowley.

"That's what I'm concerned about, everybody is gonna be in a hurry to get home or get to the party," said Helen Pipkin.

Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer says there are several concerns. But, with a no tolerance attitude, he's confident 2009 will get off to a good start.

"Our goal tonight is simple, no shootings, no stabbings, no DUI collisions in our city ... that is our goal when I wake up tomorrow morning, I expect nothing less within our city."

Officers will leave here in less than an hour and start patrolling the area. They're asking people who see drunk drivers or any other illegal activity to call the police.

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