Drunken-driving crackdown held
January 2, 2009
A mid-December crackdown on drunken driving resulted in seven people being caught on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to results of the operation released by the Park City Police Department.
The Police Department, the Summit County Sheriff’s Office and the Utah Highway Patrol participated in the crackdown, which was held on Dec. 13. The Police Department reported:
Park City police officers stopped 59 vehicles, with one person arrested on a charge of driving under the influence of drugs. Officers found six designated drivers during the operation. Two vehicles were impounded.
Sheriff’s Office deputies stopped 57 vehicles, arresting three people on drunken-driving charges. They found six designated drivers. Two cars were impounded.
Utah Highway Patrol troopers stopped 112 drivers, resulting in three driving under the influence of alcohol or drug charges and another alcohol-related case. Troopers found 19 designated drivers. Four vehicles were impounded.
Similar operations are held a few times each year. Law enforcement officials have long said the crackdowns, which are announced beforehand, could prevent people from drinking and driving.
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Over the Labor Day weekend, when another operation was held, at least 15 people were arrested on drunken-driving charges. At the time, Sheriff Dave Edmunds indicated that the 15 arrests were a "large number."
Phil Kirk, a Police Department captain, said the weather was bad the night of the most recent crackdown. He attributed the drop in drunken-driving arrests to the weather keeping many people from driving.
"There were fewer cars and fewer impaired drivers," Kirk said.