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Thursday, December 21, 2006

City battles DUI with stakeouts, GPS

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Police in Fresno are throwing up roadblocks, conducting stakeouts and using night-vision goggles, satellite tracking devices and video cameras in an extraordinary crackdown aimed not at terrorists or drug lords, but at drunken drivers.

  • Undercover cops watch people leave bars.
  • GPS trackers secretly placed on cars of convicted drunk drivers.
  • Homes of drunk drivers prohibited from drinking alcohol can be searched under probation terms, and they can be busted for possessing alcohol.

Since 2002: Traffic cops up from 22 to 76; traffic deaths down from 52 to 34; alcohol-related crashes down from 125 to 105; DUI arrests up 2,169 to 3,000.
"We’re seeing the results in the reduction in human carnage,” a sergeant says.
It's hurting business, a bar owner says.


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