Modesto, CA — You better watch out, you better not cry (but probably some DUI offender will end up doing so) because the California OTS (Office of Traffic Safety) of Stanislaus County has vigorously campaigned and cracked down the DUI felons in town. They’ve made up their list, have checked it twice and unfortunately for all the naughty people that had been caught driving under the influence of their favorite spirit or narcotic – they got charged with a DUI.
It was indeed a few nights before Christmas and all through Modesto, the holiday revelers and creatures were stirring (and too bad for them, so were the cops). So after all the revelry, the ghost of Christmas past will definitely nip the bud of the DUI offenders during the holiday season.
Tsk, tsk, tsk for those chaps who got slapped with a DUI charge they would rather have wished for coal from St. Nick than the arresting officer’s booking charge. It is because for DUI offenders, fines can reach up to $10,000.
The holiday season is over and now the offenders are sober. And unlike Scrooge who has found his second chance at redemption when he woke up from his foreboding dream, the DUI offenders will find themselves rudely awakened from the consequences of this one. According to the California Alcohol and Drug Programs, DUI penalties and fines can go from $300 to $5000. Offenders will also be required to perform in the community through community service programs or get free accommodations in jail (a DUI offender can be sentenced from 2 days up to two years depending on the degree and severity of the offense). Don’t forget, getting charged with a DUI, the offender also gets to foot the towing bill, receive an increase in the insurance premiums from $500 to $1500 and be responsible for their own attorney’s fees. There is also the possibility of job loss and revocation of driving privileges. It is indeed the time for giving at the expense of the offender.
But all is not lost, it appears some girls and boys learned their lesson and had been good this year. In 2010 there were 157 DUI arrests in Turlock, this year it was just down to 100 according to Police Department Lt. Nino Amirfar. And the good news about it is that there were no DUI casualties reported.
The Winter Holiday DUI crackdown occurs annually and starts from the 16th of December until the 1st of January and this is implemented throughout California. It appears that it is going to be one of the long standing traditions of the state since it has become an effective campaign against drunk driving. Imagine, 1.4 million Americans are charged yearly with DUI that is 3 out of 10 people.
The holidays – for most, ‘tis the season for merriment and frivolities. Unfortunately, during this time of the year people tend to forget another important word: RESPONSIBILITY. People should realize that drunk driving is not only a serious offense but a stupid one as well. It is a good thing that the California Office of Traffic Safety via the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has come up with this program to shepherd those who do not have the ability to make good judgments and irresponsibly drive under the influence of alcohol, drugs or narcotics. Next stop for the Avoid the 12 Taskforce will be the Super Bowl on Feb. 5.Always remember it is so STUPID to drink and drive.