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Holiday DUI arrests down, fatalities up

Traffic deaths over Thanksgiving weekend nearly double from 2010

The California Highway Patrol is reporting that drunken driving arrests over the Thanksgiving weekend were down from 2010, while traffic deaths over the same period increased.

Preliminary numbers show that 1,350 drunken drivers were arrested statewide between 6 p.m. Wednesday and 11:59 p.m. Saturday, compared to 1,419 arrests in 2010.

Traffic deaths over the same period nearly doubled, with 21 people reportedly killed, compared to 12 in 2010, according to the CHP.

In the Bay Area, one person was killed in a traffic related incident this year, compared to zero deaths in 2010, according to the CHP. Arrests for drunken driving in the Bay Area were up to 227, compared to 249 over the holiday weekend in 2010.

— Bay City News Service

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Posted by killers
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Nov 28, 2011 at 10:26 am

How many of the DUI deaths were innocent people run down by drunk drivers? We need to work harder to get these murders off the road.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 28, 2011 at 10:37 am

The way to decrease these numbers is not by calling them "drunk", "killers", or "murders". No one goes out thinking I am drunk therefore I can drive, or I think I will kill or murder someone on my way home.

No these dui drivers are ordinary people who have foolishly decided to drink alcohol and then drive thinking that they are OK.

The way to decrease these numbers is through advertising, through peer pressure and through education.


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Posted by killers
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Nov 28, 2011 at 11:50 am

By the time you are drunk, it is too late. The problem is that these people plan to drink but do not plan in advance on a way to get home without driving. This is not foolish, is is criminal.


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Posted by cool the rhetoric
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 28, 2011 at 1:12 pm

There is plenty of peer pressure and emphasis on alcohol and driving to the exclusion of everything else. What about sleep deprivation, prescription drugs, medical conditions, and other causes of impairment? What about road rage, reckless driving, the use of electronic devices, etc.?


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Posted by killers
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Nov 28, 2011 at 2:16 pm

Mr Cool It: Are you making an excuse for drunk drivers or are you proposing increased prosecution of other activities?


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Posted by cool the rhetoric
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 29, 2011 at 9:41 am

No excuses. There is also no excuse for basically ignoring all other causes of accidents which is what the police do now.


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