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Police arrest 167 for DUI over Labor Day weekend

 

Police in the Bay Area have arrested 167 drivers since Friday on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to the California Highway Patrol. The number is up slightly since 2009.

An injury accident Friday night in Pacifica is believed to have involved a driver under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to police.

Statewide since Friday, 990 drivers have been arrested on DUI charges and eight people have died on roadways, according to the CHP.

One traffic death was reported in the Bay Area.

The statistics cover the period from 6 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Sunday.

Police made 923 DUI arrests statewide last year during the same period on Labor Day weekend, according to the CHP.

Area law enforcement in recent weeks has increased drunken driving patrols and DUI/driver's license checkpoints as part of a summer crackdown campaign. The increased-enforcement period, which is funded by state and federal funds, ended at 11:59 p.m. Monday.

In Santa Clara County, officers representing 15 law enforcement agencies made 343 DUI arrests between Aug. 20 and midnight Saturday, according to the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office. Officers made 363 DUI arrests during the same period last year.

Law enforcement in San Mateo County has arrested 172 drivers for DUI offenses since Aug. 20, according to the Daly City police department.

Police and CHP officers in San Francisco have made 102 DUI arrests during the campaign.

— Bay City News Service

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Posted by round them up
a resident of College Terrace
on Sep 8, 2010 at 12:49 am

Drunk drivers are terrorists.
Round them up and throw away the key.
Make our roads safe again.


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 8, 2010 at 5:28 am

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

It would be interesting to know which method, patrolling or checkpoint, yields the most productive use of forces. I have always believed that checkpoints was a political idea that failed and yet, like most government bright ideas, stumbles along on life support because no one has the heart to pull the plug.


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