DUI Suspect
A California Highway Patrol officer with the DUI suspect. Courtesy OnScene.TV

Two dozen motorists were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in the Riverside area over the four-day period ending Christmas night, the California Highway Patrol reported Wednesday.

The CHP’s “maximum enforcement period,” during which all available officers deployed to catch lawbreakers, concluded about 11:55 p.m. Tuesday, resulting in 24 DUI arrests throughout the metropolitan area, which includes Corona, Eastvale, Jurupa Valley and Moreno Valley. That’s an 11 percent drop from the CHP’s Christmastime crackdown in 2017, when 27 people were arrested.

There were two fatal collisions in the area over the four-day period, compared to one fatal crash in 2017, according to CHP data.

Throughout the CHP’s Inland Division, which encompasses northwest Riverside County and all of San Bernardino County, there were a total 101 DUI arrests between Friday and Tuesday nights. During the same period last year, 82 motorists were arrested.

The CHP campaign coincided with end-of-year enforcement efforts by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, as well as multiple municipal police agencies that are using saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints to snare drunken and drug-impaired drivers.

The CHP’s next maximum enforcement period is set to get underway Friday night and continue into early next week for New Year’s.

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