Pleasanton Weekly

Community Pulse - January 8, 2010

Police Bulletin

More than 1,900 arrested in Bay Area DUI holiday period crackdown

More than 1,900 people were arrested in the Bay Area for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs during a regional anti-DUI crackdown that started Dec. 18 and ended Jan. 2.

While final figures have not been tabulated, the regional Avoid campaign, which involves 125 Bay Area law enforcement agencies, had netted 1,960 arrests through 6 a.m. Saturday, according to officials. The arrest numbers are provisional, since a number of agencies have not yet reported their statistics.

Last year, the winter holiday Avoid campaign netted 3,261 arrests in the Bay Area. There were five DUI-involved fatal collisions in the region during the 2008 enforcement period, while there were two reported for the current period.

Officers arrested 226 drivers in the Bay Area for being under the influence between Thursday at 6 p.m. through Saturday at 6 a.m. The number is up from last year's total of 173 during the same reporting period.

DUI arrests also have increased across California compared to last year. CHP officers have arrested 1,252 drunken drivers, up from 986 at this time in 2009.

--Bay City News

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