Police arrest 14 for DUI over New Year’s Eve weekend


In an effort to to reduce the number of drunk or drug-impaired drivers, Bakersfield Police Department deployed DUI saturation patrols and enforcement teams on Saturday and Sunday in areas areas with high frequencies of DUI collisions and arrests.

In total, 141 drivers were contacted in the enforcement operation throughout the city.

Of the 141 drivers contacted, 31 drivers were detained by police for further sobriety evaluation.

Police then arrested 14 people for driving under the influence. Six of the drivers were determined to be under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, according to police.

Of the drivers arrested, three have been previously convicted of DUI. 

“DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.”

In addition to marijuana, a driver could be subject to a DUI arrest if they are under the influence of prescription medications like sleep aids, tranquilizers, barbiturates, opiates and other pain killers, anti-depressants, and even over-the-counter allergy or cough medications, police said. 

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