From a Fortuna Police Department press release issued today:
The Memorial Day Weekend Anti DUI crackdown has resulted in 13 DUI arrests from local routine traffic enforcement and special Avoid the 8 DUI task force deployments for the first three days in Humboldt County.
From 12:01 a.m. Friday May 23, through midnight Sunday May 25, 2014 officers representing eight county law enforcement agencies have arrested 13 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Last year, 18 individuals were arrested during same the three days.
(**NOTE: These numbers are only provisional with some agencies yet to report**)
These numbers are in comparison to last years' totals during first 48 hours. DUI arrest data collection will continue through midnight Monday May 26, 2014. Law enforcement officials are continuing DUI efforts throughout the county and region. Additionally, CHP throughout the state have all available officers patrolling freeways and county roads throughout the holiday weekend.
Police, Sheriff and the CHP encourage all motorists to help make your community safer: Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911. Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Avoid programs, named for the number of police agencies in each county, also will concentrate crackdowns on the Independence Day holiday period as well as the 18-day August/Labor Day period. In recognition that summer season is among the deadliest time of the year, law enforcement agencies throughout the county will be making every effort to arrest drunk drivers before another life is lost.