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Santa Clara County: More drunk drivers arrested in Holiday season this year than last year

SAN JOSE – According to a report by Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office, Law enforcement officials arrested more drunk drivers and charged them with DUI this year than last year. This week the number of arrests is more as compared to the number of arrests that were made in the same time period during last year’s Holiday season.

Sheriff’s officials told that the staff from 15 agencies arrested 156 people for driving under the influence with a blood alcohol content of more than the legal limit between Dec. 14 and Thursday in Santa Clara County. The number of drunk drivers arrested in the same time period in 2011, was 146.

Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Officials said that the Santa Clara County’s Winter Holiday Anti-DUI crackdown involved routine traffic enforcement officers and extra patrols from a special unit called Avoid the 13 during a maximum enforcement period this holiday weekend.

The special DUI checkpoints were set up by police officers in Gilroy and San Jose over Christmas weekend. Extra DUI-saturation patrols were arranged in Los Altos, Los Gatos, Mountain View, Morgan Hill, Gilroy, Palo Alto and San Jose. For the weekend, all the available Police officers were used by the California Highway Patrol for safety during the maximum enforcement period starting Friday at 6 p.m. and ending midnight on Monday.

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