65 People Arrested for DUI During the “Avoid the 25” DUI Crackdown in Contra Costa County

August 28, 2014 17:08 pm · 22 comments


65 people have been arrested for DUI in Contra Costa County’s “Avoid the 25” DUI crackdown.

The following is from the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff:

Avoid the 25 Anti-DUI Task Force Reminds Everyone to Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

Agenices involved in the Avoid the 25 summer mobilization that started on August 15, 2014 have so far made at least 65 arrests for DUI. There have been 12 DUI related collisions.

The Avoid the 25 anti-DUI task force is aggressively looking for impaired drivers on streets, roads and freeways throughout Contra Costa County. During the mobilization, motorists will see DUI/Drivers license checkpoints, a multi-agency anti-DUI strike team, local roving anti-DUI saturation patrols, a DUI warrant/probation sweep going after offenders with outstanding DUI warrants, and a DUI court-sting targeting suspended drivers who were ordered by a judge not to drive.

The Avoid the 25 anti-DUI task force funding is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which reminds everyone to – Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1. The Office of Traffic Safety is offering a free mobile app – DDVIPCA.COM – aimed at thanking sober designated drivers with perks and free offers.

The mobilization runs through Labor Day weekend.

That's All Folks! August 28, 2014 at 5:23 PM

If the cops would sit out in front of the bars at closing time, they’d catch even more drunks

The Mamba August 28, 2014 at 5:24 PM

Ching Ching the DUI industry is alive and well.

kax August 28, 2014 at 5:35 PM

the penalties for drunk driving are still far too lenient…. and as long as they are, people will “take the chance”…….busted once, lose your license and a month in jail………

Chronic Halitosis August 28, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Do you know anyone who drinks everyday? I hope you never do. But Please Understand
These people are sick and need help! Most don’t accept help. Their hooked and can’t stop. They are out of their mind. They drink and drive daily.
DUI Check points
ok great but if the car could be smart enough to eliminate DUi the police could do other things. like community service and follow up.

How about the task force goes into the bars and calls people a taxi and avoids the DUI’s and the tragedies? Maybe fines the establishment for not monitoring its patrons. Then do a follow up to try to help those people.

Anonymous August 28, 2014 at 7:02 PM

Yes indeed Mamba. All good ideas,in fact I think every policeman should take a chronic inebriate home with him and give him therapy .

Justin August 28, 2014 at 7:05 PM

Chronic –

I don’t care. If the person has the capability to go out in the car and kill someone then they should be arrested for committing the crime. After arrested – I don’t see issues with being put into mandatory programs or having their license taken away.

Regardless, the penalties need to be harsh. Drunk drivers are careless, selfish people with no regard for their safety or the safety of others.

Anon August 28, 2014 at 7:44 PM

No illegal aliens were harmed as a result of this enforcement.

They need check points to remove unlicensed and uninsured drivers too. August 28, 2014 at 7:59 PM


me August 28, 2014 at 8:51 PM

#8 you got that right!
check point to remove unlicensed and uninsured drivers, no matter their citizen status. all of them.

also agree, increase the fines and penalties give more to think about. 2 dui’s loose your rite to drive. stop the repeat offenders and the victims it creates.
as it stands now if you have money you can just but your way back to murder.

Dorothy August 28, 2014 at 9:30 PM

Is that more than they usually get? Hope they all lose big chunks of money at the very least. Probably will be the least.

Teacher Wannabe August 28, 2014 at 9:41 PM

I think El Salvador still has the firing squad for drunk driving. Just a thought.

Safety Second August 28, 2014 at 10:19 PM

Wouldn’t it be nice if law enforcement had the balls to go after illegal aliens. I get it though; the public is so GD stupid that they think DUI is more harmful to society than the demise of America.

Marissa August 28, 2014 at 10:31 PM


Anon August 29, 2014 at 1:38 AM

@ #12
I just Googled “Is Concord, CA a sanctuary city” and guess what? IT IS!

Teacher Wannabe August 29, 2014 at 6:07 AM

@14, what is a “sanctuary city”? I know there are lots of churches, but I don’t think that’s what you mean.

How many times does it take August 29, 2014 at 8:28 AM

the city has stated on the record it is not a sanctuary city. The website you are going to is made up. I have a bridge to sell you, too. Elvis killed JFK, just because you can read doesn’t make it true.

Domestic CEO August 29, 2014 at 8:54 AM

So what it the problem of installing a device that a (found guilty) DUI driver must have installed. You know… the ones that require the driver to blow into a tube and if there is any trace of alcohol… the car won’t start.

I even saw a commercial with that very same device installed. I’m sure the cost of that device is way less than all the cops and such going out for DUI stops. Here is the cost for one such device:

Intoxalock ignition interlock leases start as low as $65 per month for court or state mandated Legacy devices. Final pricing depends on your state’s requirements for technology and reporting, and how long you will need the equipment. Voluntary (non-DUI related) leases start at $49.95 per month.

If the driver has messed with the device — a mandatory stint in jail would be the consequence for disabling the device.

Rollo Tomasi August 29, 2014 at 9:11 AM

@Domestic CEO:

Would that mean all cars owned by family and friends would have to install it as well?

DoReMi August 29, 2014 at 9:26 AM

I am all for harsh rules regarding Drunk drivers, but how about cuffing them and forcing them to live at home on their own dime. Just a thought.

VikingPrincess August 29, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Considering laws and societal pressures over the past twenty years or so (starting with MADD), it is one thing to drink at home and have a problem and an entirely different problem driving while intoxicated.
On that same note, considering how smokers are treated like thoughtless inconsiderate outcasts (sarcasm), wouldn’t you think a visiting person had serious issues if they lit up a cigarette in a hospital? (I mean, couldn’t they just step outside and go across the street? Unless of course it’s illegal to do that too). Infact, when was the last time you saw a person visiting a hospital or doctors office light up?
For the most part, I’d bet all or most pulled over for DUI these days are in later stages of alcohol addiction, who more than likely drink early in the day with more tolerance. The only other exception would be someone who doesn’t know their limit, hence potentially dangerous judgement.

Cat Wrangler August 29, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Thank God for the DUI crackdowns and the great work of our community police departments and CHP! Thank God for the 65 DUI arrests that could have caused loss of life and injury to others! Great work!!

Anon August 29, 2014 at 10:27 PM

#8, #9 ,etc.

Like elsewhere the police need to impound the vehicles for unlicensed drivers. Except that our state refused to fund that activity, because many in the state government are, wait for it, anchor babies or illegal aliens themselves.

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