Avoid the 21, Alameda County's law enforcement crackdown, has two words of advice for Oakland Raiders fans hoping to see their team steamroll the Baltimore Ravens today at the Oakland Coliseum:
A 50-officer team from 10 police departments in the county will start enforcing DUI laws at 3 p.m. right outside.
"We'll have a mobile booking facility courtesy of the Alameda County Sheriff's Office, so our officers and deputies can turn in their prisoners and get back on the street within minutes," said Lt. Mike Peretti of the Livermore Police Dept., Avoid the 21 coordinator.
The enforcement event is the last in the 17-day crackdown, which began Dec. 18 and ends at midnight tonight. Arrest totals stood at 644 as of midnight Friday night, a drop of 29 percent from last year's total of 906.
Avoid the 21, named after the number of law enforcement agencies in the county, is finishing up its 12th annual winter holiday campaign. The arrest total in its first winter campaign, 1998-1999, was only 416.
The campaign is funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.