Concord officers honored for outstanding effort during "Avoid the 25" DUI campaign
On June 10, 2008, officers from Concord's Traffic and Field Operations divisions were awarded for outstanding efforts put forth during the past year'sAvoid the 25 holiday enforcement campaign: a yearly program funded and sponsored by the California Office of Traffic Safety.
Concord officers worked collaboratively with the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Department, California Highway Patrol and 23 other law enforcement agencies in the county to aggressively search for and arrest DUI drivers from December 1st through January 2nd, 2008. The efforts led to a holiday season in which Concord had zero serious injury or fatal DUI-related collisions.
This year the Concord PD completed theAvoid the 25 campaign with 99 DUI arrests, finishing second only to the California Highway Patrol which had 120.
Traffic officer John Varni won the county's "Top Cop" award, leading all officers in the county, with fifteen DUI arrests. Traffic Officer Lyle Robles finished in the top 5 with nine DUI arrests, while Officer Don Bishop finished in the top 10 with four DUI arrests.
About the Avoid Program
The Avoid Anti-DUI Program was launched in 1973 to bring law enforcement agencies together in countywide clusters to crack down on the drinking driver and reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by alcohol related crashes. Funding, provided by grants from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, allows counties to add overtime hours, reassign officers, and conduct public awareness campaigns during the increased enforcement periods.
The overall goal of the awareness campaign is to let drivers know about the countywide increased enforcement periods and to warn drivers that the only way to "AVOID" the county' law enforcement officers is to drive sober. Increased enforcement periods are planned during high traffic holiday periods such as the Memorial Day weekend, July 4th weekend, Labor Day weekend, and the Christmas/New Year holiday period.