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Posted: Friday, December 17, 2010 12:00 am | Updated: 6:08 am, Fri Dec 17, 2010.

If you enjoy too much egg nog at a holiday party this month, you better make sure you have a designated driver; because the Lodi Police Department is on the lookout for drunk drivers.

On Thursday, the department announced a crackdown on driving under the influence, effective today through New Year's weekend. Not only will cops be on the lookout for drunk drivers, but also those who are under the influence of drugs.

According to Sgt. Chris Jacobsen with Lodi police, there is always a spike in the number of DUI incidents during the holidays.

"We know that the holiday season can be one of the deadliest and most dangerous times on America's roadways due to an increase in drunk driving," Jacobsen said in a press release.

The department said during a similar crackdown last year, 36 people with a blood alcohol concentration above the legal limit (.08) were killed in accidents statewide, all within a two-and-a-half week period. Additionally, 1,168 people were injured in alcohol-related accidents.

"Sadly, millions of Americans still think they are invincible and regularly choose to get behind the wheel after having too much to drink," Jacobsen said.

Men are at a higher risk of being involved in DUI incidents, according to the department, as nearly one-quarter have admitted to riding with someone within the last year who should not have been driving.

As part of the crackdown, police will conduct a DUI checkpoint Saturday night at an undisclosed location in the city. The checkpoint is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.

During the last DUI checkpoint on Nov. 13, Lodi police arrested eight people and towed 17 vehicles. There were also 28 citations issued.

If you spot a drunk driver, you should call 911 immediately, Jacobsen said.

"Don't let your 2010 end in an arrest or worse, injury or death," he said. "Remember, whether you've had way too many or just one too many, it's not worth the risk."

Contact reporter Fernando Gallo at fernando@lodinews.com.

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7 comments:

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 7:17 pm on Mon, Dec 20, 2010.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    JET posted at 1:20 pm on Fri, Dec 17, 2010...DUI arrests are huge money makers for the cities and the state...

    Speaking of money makers… I visited the web site that jet posted, and looks like this attorney firm posted this for pure profit… but for the lawyers… with absolutely no concern for the welfare of people who are harmed by the dui situation… below was illustrated on the “ jets” homepage…

    “No matter if this is your 1st DUI, 2nd DUI, 3rd, or Fourth DUI arrest, we know exactly what can be done to keep you out of jail and behind the wheel”

    So like the lawyer said, they know exactly how to keep the drunk guy behind the wheel, even if it was his 4th DUI.
    I for one would never use this law firm for anything. In my opinion, they are part of the problem, not the solution.

     
  • JD Adams posted at 8:44 am on Sun, Dec 19, 2010.

    JD Adams Posts: 1

    I am not impressed when I hear Law Enforcement publicly declaring a crack-down on something. Is this not their job to begin with? I'd like to see this much energy put into other dangerous anti-social behaviors around here as well. I've called in obvious drug-dealing activities and have been told, "Don't worry about it." I once made a 911 call to report a drunk driver and was actually told to stop bothering CHP with calls about drunks menacing others on the road. I once phoned in a "suspicious person" report after watching a tweaker break into a house, and was pelted with stupid questions like, "how do you know he's a tweaker?" I hung up and instead took care of the problem on my own. After chatting it up with Mr. Doper, I am confident he will never, EVER return to my neighborhood.

    When is the last time anyone has seen a tailgater pulled over and cited? More people are injured/killed from aggressive driving behavior than drunk drivers. How about red light runners? Only once in 15-years have I seen LPD actually do a red-light sting. They were so busy that 4 motor and 3 cruiser officers were needed to do all the paperwork. Remember the "Turner Rd. Sting" from a few years back? 180-something drivers cited for speeding, using only parking lamps instead of headlights, 4 cars towed due to unlicensed drivers, etc." in a single 8-hour period.

    Why don't we see that kind of performance from LPD 365-days a year? I do not dismiss the dangers of drunk driving. I would DANCE FOR JOY if California ever bothered to permanently revoke the licence of anyone convicted of DUI on the first offense. This will never happen in my lifetime because repeat DUI offenders are a huge source of revenue, and it keeps unionized, well paid LEO's busy performing "crack-downs" to placate the public and to keep those well-timed public safety fund increases coming.

    As John Stossel would say, "Give me a break!"

     
  • Bob Kempf posted at 1:14 am on Sun, Dec 19, 2010.

    Bob Kempf Posts: 41

    To me it just makes since, don't drink and drive as Fred said. I listen to the scanner ALL the time and trust me, the folks they haul in, need to be hauled in. If you don't have a license, you should not be on the road. If you are on the road, I/we pay the police to enforce the law. It's real simple. I would be real comfortable if they had a lot more check points.

     
  • Frederick Goethel posted at 6:01 pm on Sat, Dec 18, 2010.

    Frederick Goethel Posts: 50

    I have no problem with checkpoints....and you shouldn't either if you are on the road legally. If you are driving with a suspended license or have a defect on your vehicle, you are not legally on the road and could be a hazard to me or other drivers. Good for the Lodi Police for making us all a little safer.

     
  • Doug Chaney posted at 4:51 pm on Sat, Dec 18, 2010.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    These checkpoints are nothing but entrapment for those who choose to go through, IMO. I believe 3 suspected DUI, 28 citations and 17 towed vehicles? What were the 28 citations issues for? No license plate light, no brake lights, no insurance, suspended or no drivers' license? What were the names of those cited and why were 17 vehicles towed with only 3 suspected of DUI? Drive through tonight and see how many tow trucks are there in a nearby lot at the same time? Why aren't these stats published in the Lodi news? Would the last names of a majority of those cited shock us?

     
  • Bob Smith posted at 10:16 pm on Fri, Dec 17, 2010.

    Bob Smith Posts: 128

    How does JET's comment make sense? if they wanted more money from the arrests wouldn't it make sense to make it a .00% instead of .08%? Those that drink and drive will do so whether it's .00% or .08% or .20%

     
  • Josh Morgan posted at 3:53 pm on Fri, Dec 17, 2010.

    Josh Morgan Posts: 529

    Betty yet......just don't drink and drive.

     

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