Agencies participating in the Avoid the 25 enforcement effort mobilized to begin Aug. 21. They will join thousands of other law enforcement and highway safety agencies throughout the nation as they take part in the Drunk Driving- Over the Limit- Under Arrest crackdown.
Avoid the 25 Coordinator Sgt. David Cook of the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Department said that the thrust of their effort is to curtail drunken driving.
"Make no mistake. Our message is simple," he said. "No matter if you're driving or riding a motorcycle if we catch you driving impaired we will arrest you. No exceptions. No excuses."
Statistics provided by the Sheriff's Department show that drunken driving is one of the deadliest crimes in the U.S. In 2008, more than 11,700 people died in highway crashes involving a vehicle operator with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher.
California statistics show that in 2008 there were 1,029 traffic fatalities related to drunken driving. That number is down 9 percent from the previous year.
Cook said that having the patrols out there and bringing a heightened state of awareness to impaired driving will help to continue bringing those statistics down.
"We will be out in force to get more drunk drivers off the road and save lives that might otherwise be lost," he said.
Enforcement operations are scheduled before Sept. 7 in Martinez, El Cerrito and Pittsburg. In addition, a DUI saturation patrol, DUI warrant arrest team and other operations have been set for the mobilization period.
The Avoid the 25 program is part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. More information on the program can be found at www.stopimpaireddriving.com.