The Fresno Police Department recently concentrated their efforts on discovering those who drive under the influence –
“Fresno – The Fresno Police Department arrested 7 drivers on suspicion of DUI while conducting a DUI Saturation Patrol on February 29, 2020.
In addition, the Fresno Police Department made 93 vehicle enforcement stops and cited 11 drivers for operating a vehicle without a license or on a suspended/revoked license. During portions of this saturation patrol, officers assisted other Fresno police officers and the California Highway Patrol with enforcement of reckless drivers and “sideshow” activity.
A sideshow is a very dangerous and illegal event where vehicles are driven recklessly with large groups of spectators present. Sideshow participants moved to several different locations within the Fresno area and the officers assigned to this saturation patrol assisted in controlling this illegal activity, while searching for impaired drivers.
In 2018, the Fresno Police Department investigated 391 DUI collisions that killed 8 people and injured 70 others. Drivers caught driving impaired and charged with DUI can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to be approximately $13,500. This includes fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspension and other expenses not to mention possible jail time.
The Fresno Police Department reminds drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” Prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, can impair and result in a DUI. Marijuana can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs.
The Fresno Police Department will be conducting another DUI/Driver’s License Saturation/Checkpoint on March 6, 2020.
Funding for this DUI Saturation Patrol was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.”