115 DUI arrests made during 18-day crackdown, SLO police say

jhickey@thetribunenews.comSeptember 3, 2013 

California's AVOID DUI program was launched in 1973.

More than 100 people were arrested across San Luis Obispo County on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs during the 18-day AVOID DUI campaign and crackdown that ended Labor Day.

From 12:01 a.m. Aug. 16 through midnight Sept. 2, officers representing 11 county law enforcement agencies arrested 115 people on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The number of arrests was nearly identical to the 114 arrests made during a similar countywide crackdown in the winter of 2012, according to a news release by the San Luis Obispo Police Department.

Fatal DUI collisions marked the beginning and end of the enforcement period. Charles and Irene Massara of Bakersfield died after an alleged drunken driver turned in front of their vehicle on Highway 46 on Aug. 17.

Los Osos resident Alan Stephens was cycling along Highway 1 on Sept. 2 when he was hit by an alleged intoxicated driver. He died at the scene.

There were also four people injured in DUI traffic collisions during the same period.

Funding for the program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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