52 Arrests Made in DUI Warrant Sweep

Annual countywide law enforcement effort is called a success

Alameda County law enforcement authorities conducted a DUI warrant sweep that started early this morning.

The countywide law enforcement effort, which resulted in 52 arrests, is part of an annual warrant sweep that has been executed for the past five years, according to Jan Ford, public information director for Avoid the 21, a campaign sponsored by the Office of Traffic Safety and the Alameda County Chiefs of Police Association.

The program, which includes 21 separate law enforcement agencies in Alameda County, is based on education and zero tolerance enforcement of driving while under the influence. The campaign runs from mid-December through Jan. 3 each year.

“Our main focus is DUI arrests and DUI prevention,” Ford said. “This warrant service completes the loop.”

Today’s sweep, led by Livermore police officer Traci Rebiejo, began with a 6 a.m. briefing at the County Office of Emergency Services in Dublin. The 550 warrants were divided up among teams of officers from cities throughout Alameda County.

Individuals identified through the warrants that were approved by judges are said to have not followed court orders, an agency press release states.

After the briefing, the teams set out for violators’ homes and job sites to make arrests. Those rounded up were taken to the Santa Rita Jail. More arrests may be made in the coming days.

“All of this is very embarrassing,” Ford said.

She explained the movement started in 1973 in Santa Clara County.

“That year, there were 13 deaths in 17 days," she said. "Those were the bad old days.”

Ford said the program has been effective at keeping the roads safer during the holidays.

“These days, if we get one or two deaths during the crackdown, we are horrified.”

While it will be a couple of days before they will know exactly which cities had arrests, Ford said the sweep was a success.

“We brought in quite a few scofflaws today,” she said. “One was on the job at Safeway in Livermore.”

Some have had as many as five arrests, according to Ford.

“The repeat offenders are very, very dangerous,” she said.


Sigma Paul December 30, 2011 at 07:25 AM
Yes let's just lock everyone up forever and keep them in jail. Another conformist who buys into punishment, not reform.
macondo01 December 30, 2011 at 03:19 PM
Every drunk person has always the opportunity to be REFORMED but they just don't want to be, so lock them up and make them pay big fines. I don't feel bad for those losers.
Kari Hulac December 30, 2011 at 08:17 PM
Our terms of use do not allow personal attacks so we're deleting this comment.
David Ross December 30, 2011 at 08:29 PM
You entire first sentence is a generality. Many alcoholics - a disease, by the way - to want to be reformed. Locking them up in jail or prison is not the best way to reform them. Programs such as AA are a much better way. We need to have compassion for alcoholics, not disdain. Calling the losers is not the way to help them.
Rick Hammer December 30, 2011 at 11:19 PM
freedom of speech Kari. you'll delete the what YOU deemed as a personal attack yet the comment that generated it stays. Conformist? really? the system doesn't work and the big reason is because people like this so called non-conformist wants to save them. The system would work alot better if a lesson is taught and learned, which isn't happening. maybe "time out" is the answer, another good idea, to think we've bettered society with this kind of gesture must mean " You feel your parents failed in your upbringing" if that is the way it is i'd have to agree you. though at the time i didnt agree to the punishment, i didnt do it again either. enough leniency. the state could use the labor force to clean, dig, trim, etc. no schooling, menial labor. become a model citizen on your own time and your own dime. nuff said?


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