990 motorists arrested statewide in early count of weekend DUI enforcement results

'Increased enforcement' period ended near midnight last night

Police in the Bay Area have arrested 167 drivers since Friday for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to the California Highway Patrol, up slightly since 2009.

Statewide since Friday, 990 drivers have been arrested on DUI charges and eight people have died on roadways, according to the CHP.

One traffic death was reported in the Bay Area.

The statistics were recorded between 6 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Sunday. Police made 923 DUI arrests statewide last year during the same period on Labor Day weekend, according to the CHP.

A final tally is expected today.

Area law enforcement in recent weeks has increased drunken driving patrols and DUI/driver's license checkpoints as part of a summer crackdown campaign. The increased-enforcement period, which is funded by state and federal funds, ends at 11:59 p.m. Monday.

Police and CHP officers in San Francisco have made 102 DUI arrests during the campaign.

In Santa Clara County, officers representing 15 law enforcement agencies made 343 DUI arrests between Aug. 20 and midnight Saturday, according to the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office. Officers made 363 DUI arrests during the same period last year.

Law enforcement in San Mateo County has arrested 172 drivers for DUI offenses since Aug. 20, according to the Daly City police department.

At a checkpoint Friday night in Atherton officers screened 113 vehicles and made no DUI arrests. An injury accident Friday night in Pacifica is believed to have involved a driver under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to police.

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Posted by Julia
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 6, 2010 at 10:01 am

Great Job...Keep up the good work and keep the drunks off the road.

Julia from Alamo

PS...No comments listed when good things happen, strange.

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Posted by Rick
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 8, 2010 at 12:29 pm

Just curious as to how many fire and police employees were in the 900 plus arrested or should I say how many were let go.

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Posted by mike
a resident of Jensen Tract
on Sep 8, 2010 at 1:47 pm

Not so strange; not all news stories need a comment. If one wants to congratualte the PD for a job well done perhaps do it in person or by voluntary actions.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Sep 8, 2010 at 5:18 pm

Chill out mikey...HOORAY for arresting the drunks! VIVA!

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Posted by x-ray technician
a resident of Ridgeview Commons
on Sep 16, 2010 at 2:50 am

Great information! I’ve been looking for something like this for a while now. Thanks!

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