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Nearly 250 arrested for DUI over holiday week

Number of arrests in Santa Clara County drop slightly from 2010

More drivers are feeling the effects of having one too many drinks before getting behind the wheel this holiday season in Santa Clara County, where sheriff's deputies have arrested 243 people for driving under the influence.

Law enforcement officers throughout the county made the arrests on local roadways during an anti-DUI crackdown from Dec. 16 through Christmas Eve, according to a CHP news release. DUI arrests during the same nine-day period last year were only slightly higher, when police netted 286 drunk driving arrests.

Police in Santa Clara County said there were no deaths as a result of DUIs on Saturday night (Dec. 24), but that they saw two DUI-related crashes that caused minor injuries. Drivers throughout the county can expect to see beefed-up DUI patrols and checkpoints through New Years Eve as part of the ongoing anti-drunk-driving campaign.

Police are asking the public to report drunk drivers this holiday season by calling 9-11.

— Bay City News Service

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Posted by CC
a resident of another community
on Dec 27, 2011 at 10:23 am

243 people could have given their keys to someone who was not drinking or could have taken a taxi.
243 people now have to go to court and could possibly loose a job.
243 people who could have easily killed someone.

New Years is almost here....

Please!! Don't be one of the 243.....

THINK BEFORE YOU DRINK!!!

This message is not from the CHP it is from a neighbor who cares and shares the road with you.


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Posted by jail time
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Dec 27, 2011 at 11:31 am

We need mandatory jail time for every DUI. People drink and drive because the current penalties are a joke.


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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 27, 2011 at 5:10 pm



The PAPD recently protected an officer who was almost 3 times over the limit and rolled his Explorer SUV on the entrance ramp to 101

He presumable armed or had a firearm in his vehicle at the time.

The officer should have been fired and prosecuted for being drunk in possession of a firearm--

but no-PAPD refused to give his name tried to hush the whole thing up and kept the drunk on the force--unbelievable.

Egregious DUIs more than 2 times the limit-should have their name, address, place of employment and photo published in the local papers and on the local PD websites


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Posted by Mike
a resident of University South
on Dec 28, 2011 at 8:04 am

Are the 243's names listed somewhere?


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Posted by public records
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Dec 28, 2011 at 9:27 am

Arrest records should be publicly available. You may have to contact each individual police agency, though. I don't know why the media doesn't just print the names.


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Posted by Wow! Uggh! Can't believe
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 30, 2011 at 12:52 am

I agree! no police officer should EVER be not in control, especially with alcohol and/or drugs. Plain and SIMPLE!
He or she should be in jail, and a BIG BIG FINE.


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