SLC Police: Happy holidays, but don't drive drunk

DUI crackdown • Saturday, New Year's Eve operations aim at intoxicated motorists.
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Salt Lake City police have a warning for holiday partiers: find a sober driver or a taxi after the festivities, or you may end up a guest at the gray-bar hotel.

"Don't let your tidings of great joy turn to great sorrow," says Deputy Chief of Special Operations Terry Fritz. "As people celebrate the season, we ask that they drink responsibly, designate a driver, and don't let friends drive drunk."

Salt Lake City motorcycle officers bearing mobile alcohol monitors have already conducted the department's first "enhanced DUI" operation of the season, on Nov. 30. Those checks resulted in 135 traffic stops, from which 10 DUI arrests were made; another 27 drivers were cited for various violations.

Two more such operations are planned —this Saturday, from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m., and a larger-scale DUI crackdown on New Year's Eve.

"When we take a DUI driver off the streets, that means one less person capable of causing a potentially fatal accident that night — and that's a very good thing any time of the year," Fritz said.