A two-week crackdown to catch drunken and drug-impaired motorists in Riverside County has netted 368 arrests so far, authorities said today.
Saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints that led to many of the arrests are part of the “Drunk Driving: Over the Limit, Under Arrest” campaign sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The Riverside County Avoid the 30 task force — named for the local and state police agencies that operate in the area — is conducting the anti-DUI operations.
The campaign got under way Aug. 20 and will conclude Monday night.
Last year’s two-week crackdown had led to 347 arrests by this time, according to Riverside police traffic bureau coordinator Karen Haverkamp, the Avoid coordinator.
She said DUI checkpoints are planned this holiday weekend in Blythe, La Quinta, Moreno Valley and Palm Springs.
According to Haverkamp, saturation patrols will be deployed in Beaumont, Corona, Lake Elsinore, La Quinta, Menifee, Moreno Valley, Palm Springs, Riverside, San Jacinto and Temecula.
The operations will coincide with the California Highway Patrol’s Labor Day weekend “maximum enforcement period,” during which 80 percent of the agency’s officers hit the streets to catch traffic violators.