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Holiday DUI arrests down from last year

Arrests in Bay Area and statewide decrease compared to 2009

Arrests for driving under the influence and traffic deaths over the holiday weekend are down compared to last year, according to numbers released by the California Highway Patrol Monday.

In the period spanning from 6 p.m. Dec. 24 through midnight on Dec. 26, Bay Area CHP officers made 115 DUI arrests, down from 195 for the same period last year.

Across the state, CHP officers nabbed 658 drivers for drunken driving, which is also a drop from the 1104 arrests for the same period in 2009.

Traffic deaths statewide were just a fraction of what they were last year, with just a single fatality this year versus 15 from last year. During the next maximum enforcement period, up to 80 percent of all available uniformed officers will be out in force for the New Year's holiday, according to the CHP.

Arrests were also down in San Mateo County over a 10-day period leading up to the holiday weekend, with 91 DUI arrests this year compared to 129 arrests last year, according to the Avoid the 23 San Mateo County DUI campaign. In Santa Clara County, officers made 331 DUI arrests in the 10-day period from Dec. 17 through Dec. 26, compared to 393 from the same period in 2009.

— Bay City News Service

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Posted by MADD
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Dec 28, 2010 at 11:11 am

Drunk drivers are terrorists. I'm very glad that DUI deaths are down this year. Drunk drivers kill more innocent Americans every year than foreign terrorists.


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Posted by anonymous
a resident of another community
on Dec 28, 2010 at 12:12 pm

"Drunk drivers kill more innocent Americans every year than foreign terrorists."

Wow. What DOESN'T kill more Americans every year than terrorists, especially foreign ones?!?

Insufficient health care for uninsured kills 18,000 a year.

Obesity.

Smoking.

Probably skiing and snowboarding kill more.

Lightning?!?

Why would you bring in the Wah on Terrah in a post about DUI's?

MADD vs DAMM (drunks against madd mothers.) Madd won.


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Posted by A question
a resident of South of Midtown
on Dec 29, 2010 at 10:07 am

With all the budget cuts, I wonder if DUI arrests went down because fewer officers were on the street. Did anyone look at this?


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Posted by anonymous
a resident of another community
on Dec 29, 2010 at 10:16 am

"Did anyone look at this?"

Did you look into your premise that you based that question upon? ("because fewer officers were on the street")

I googled "Palo Alto fewer police officers " and did not find any evidence to support your premise.

Can someone post a link about staff reductions?


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Posted by MADD
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Dec 29, 2010 at 11:05 am

The article says there was a big drop in holiday traffic fatalities, which is a far more important statistic than the number of arrests.


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