Officers from the Police Department made six arrests during a DUI Saturation Patrol that was conducted on October 31 from 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. Three of the arrests were for motorists who were driving a vehicle while intoxicated. Three other people were taken into custody during separate incidents for public intoxication, drug trafficking, and an outstanding misdemeanor arrest warrant.

In addition, Porterville Police Department Officers made 44 vehicle enforcement stops and issued 4 citations, including 3 citations to motorists driving without a valid driver’s license.

Last year the Porterville Police Department investigated 42 DUI collisions which resulted in 30 reported injuries.

Drivers caught driving impaired and charged with DUI can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to be approximately $13,500. This includes fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspension and other expenses, not to mention possible jail time.

The Porterville Police Department reminds drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” Prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, can impair and result in a DUI. Marijuana can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs.

The Porterville Police Department will be conducting additional DUI enforcement operations during the month of November 2019. These details assist in our ongoing commitment to take suspected impaired drivers off our streets and highways, ultimately lowering the risk for deaths and injuries.

Funding for this DUI Saturation Patrol was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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