CHP reports increase in holiday DUI arrests

Officers arrested 249 in Bay Area over weekend, compared to 207 in 2009

The California Highway Patrol is reporting an increase in the Bay Area and statewide in the number of drunken driving arrests over the Thanksgiving weekend.

The good news is that there were no alcohol-related deaths on CHP-patrolled roadways in the Bay Area, according to provisional numbers released Sunday by the CHP. Last year, five people died in DUI-related crashes in the region.

The provisional numbers showed that CHP officers statewide made 1,419 DUI arrests between Wednesday evening (Nov. 24) and Sunday morning (Nov. 28), compared to 1,314 arrests for the same period in 2009.

CHP officers in the Bay Area arrested 249 drunken drivers over the holiday weekend, compared to 207 arrests in 2009. The CHP continued its heavy saturation patrols through midnight Sunday and expects to release updated numbers later today.

— Bay City News Service

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Posted by if you can't do the time, then don't do the crime
a resident of College Terrace
on Nov 29, 2010 at 5:20 pm

We need mandatory jail sentences after the first DUI offense. Drunks don't understand fines and drivers license suspensions. They should understand jail.

Drunk drivers murder thousands of innocent Americans every year. When is that going to end?

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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 29, 2010 at 8:14 pm

We agree
They should also test for drugs

What are the identities of PAPD employees who have DUIs and are still working?
A PAPD officer drank 10 drinks at the Old Pro and rolled his Explorer truck on 101 recently--why is he still employed by PAPD?
they need to set an example by firing him ASAP

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