A spokesperson for the Riverside Police Department said they arrested and charged more more than 460 drivers last week on suspicion of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The countywide crack down began in the latter part of December. Approximately 30 law enforcement agencies throughout the county participated in the Riverside County end-of-year anti drinking and driving campaign.
A total of 466 people were arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence. This is down slightly from the 474 drivers arrested during the same period last year. Police also say there were no DUI fatalities that took place between Dec. 18 and 28.
Officers and Sheriff’s Deputies reportedly set up sobriety checkpoints throughout the county. Saturation patrols were also employed in an effort to target drivers who were intoxicated or under the influence of drugs. The Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over campaign concluded on New Year’s Day.
When someone is arrested and charged with DUI they will be transported to one of the Riverside County jails to be booked and processed. Most first time offenders are cited out and do not need to hire a bondsman. Second and third time offenders will need to post DUI bail bonds in order to be released from custody. The most common bail for this offense is set at $10,000. Bail can run as high as $250,000 if the driver got into an accident in which someone was injured or killed.