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Fresno DUI Crackdown Underway. How Long Will It Last?

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This past Saturday, Fresno police arrested 14 suspected DUI drivers. A crackdown on DUIs begins today and extends through New Year's Day. (GV Wire File)
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Don’t turn the warm feelings of this holiday season turn into an arrest — or something worse.

That’s the advice from Fresno police, who began a maximum DUI enforcement campaign today that continues through New Year’s Day.

National statistics paint a grim picture of the dangers of drinking and driving. In December 2021, 1,013 people died in alcohol-impaired crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Fresno’s high-visibility effort will put additional officers on the road looking for drivers suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

This past Saturday, officers arrested 14 suspected DUI drivers. On average, first-time offenders face $13,500 in fines and penalties, and a suspended license if convicted. The fines and consequences for repeat DUI offenders are much higher.

Fresno PD encourages those who plan to drink alcohol to have a “go safely” game plan by scheduling a ride or designating a sober driver.

Another reminder: Impaired driving is not just from alcohol. Marijuana, prescription medications, or over-the-counter drugs may also impair. It’s best to do some research and understand how certain drugs may affect your driving ability.

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Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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