By Aaron Blevins, 6/07/2012
Over Memorial Day weekend, police officers representing 100 county law enforcement agencies arrested 590 people for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, which is a slight decrease from the holiday weekend last year.
The Memorial Day Weekend Avoid the 100 — DUI Campaign concluded after the deployment of 12 Sobriety Checkpoints and 52 special DUI Saturation Patrols and officers on routine patrol focusing special attention towards the impaired driver working to lower deaths/injuries on our streets and highways.
The checkpoints and saturation patrols were conducted from Friday, May 25 to Monday, May 28. In 2011, 593 DUI arrests occurred during the same holiday weekend. However, some agencies have yet to report their tallies this year.
Law enforcement officials will be conducting more anti-DUI efforts throughout the county and region during the Independence Day holiday period and the 18-day campaign in August, ending Labor Day weekend. Officers encourage all motorists to watch and report impaired drivers each and every trip around town or during summer vacations.