Statistics for DUI enforcement efforts during the holiday period have been released by Solano and Alameda counties. Both counties show an increase in driving under the influence arrests compared to the same period last year. The numbers encompass the period from December 16 until midnight on January 1.
Alameda County saw 849 DUI arrests this year compared to 763 DUI arrests last year. That was a 17 percent increase. Police tactics involved in the crackdown included 200 officers out on opening night, DUI enforcement at the Raiders game, warrant sweeps, sobriety checkpoints, maximum freeway enforcement, and saturation patrols in the cities.
Solano County arrested 48 suspected DUI drivers. Last year they arrested 39 suspected drunk drivers during the same period. That was a 23 percent increase in DUI arrests. No DUI deaths were recorded during the holiday last year or this year.
It is important to note that both counties are already saying that the increased driving under the influence enforcement effort will return during Super Bowl Weekend and Saint Patrick’s Day. I will report in this blog when more details are released. You can bet that there will be DUI sobriety checkpoints set up across the Bay Area.
The problem with these “pat on the back” reports is they assume that everyone that was arrested for DUI was guilty. The truth is many innocent people have been, and will continue to be rounded up in the DUI frenzy. If you have been arrested for driving under the influence in the Bay Area you need an experienced DUI attorney right away. Call 888-DUI ANSWER immediately to talk about your case today.
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