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Holiday DUI arrests top 100 in Palo Alto

Original post made on Jan 2, 2008

Palo Alto police arrested 103 drivers on suspicion of drunk driving during the holidays, according to Sgt. Sandra Brown. There were no alcohol-related traffic fatalities.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, January 2, 2008, 9:54 AM


Posted by jill, a resident of Midtown
on Jan 2, 2008 at 4:08 pm

What are the names of these 100 drivers? we need to know, publish them

Also what is the status of the double homicide DUI case that killed 2 Palo Alto girls in Santa Barbara recently. the driver, Beau Robertson is also from Palo Alto, what is the status of his case?

Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 2, 2008 at 4:15 pm

I would actually like to know the demographics of these 100 people.

I am not interested in race, but age would be very interesting. Also, I would like to know if these were Palo Alto residents, or PA workers who are resident elsewhere. If they were people who were resident elsewhere and also worked elsewhere, were they here socializing with PA residents who encouraged them to drink and drive. This sort of information is much more useful than just the plain number 100.

Posted by AA, a resident of Triple El
on Jan 2, 2008 at 4:16 pm

Please publish these names; better yet, bring back pillories in the public square (two hour time limit) for those who unnecessarily endanger others by drinking when they drive.

Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on Jan 2, 2008 at 4:43 pm

I would like to know what percent were taken at roadblocks and what percentage were taken after observation of erratic driving.

Posted by answers, a resident of Fairmeadow
on Jan 2, 2008 at 7:51 pm

there were no roadblocks/checkpoints during the holidays.

Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on Jan 2, 2008 at 9:36 pm

Happy to hear that - I always felt an officer patrolling was a better use of staffing.

Posted by Joanna, a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Jan 3, 2008 at 1:37 pm

In Chicago, the police publishes the name and photo of those using prostitutes. I think that is a fantastic idea.

The DUI, which in my opinion, is a much more serious offense, should have the same treatment.

I am interested in seeing this list. Not to feed or create prejiduces, but to know if anyone in my circle needlessly puts others' lives in danger.

Good work PA police!

Posted by whats going on?, a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jan 3, 2008 at 3:52 pm

Why do people feel the need to know the names of those that were arrested for DUI's? What ever happened to privacy? Why do people want to abolish privacy in this world?

Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on Jan 3, 2008 at 4:25 pm

As I understand it is a matter of public record, but in the spirit of not getting sued out of their shorts any publicity must wait for conviction.