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September 28, 2010 > Rise in DUI arrests during summer mobilization

Rise in DUI arrests during summer mobilization

Submitted By Jan Ford

Now that statistical collection is complete, Avoid the 21, Alameda County's multi-jurisdictional crackdown on drunk drivers, announced that its agencies made 495 DUI arrests during its summer mobilization, a 21 percent rise over last year's total of 408. The 18-day summer crackdown began August 20 and ended at midnight September 6.

Hayward police reported a fatal alcohol-related crash on August 22. No one died at the hands of a drunk driver in last year's effort. Departments ran 13 sobriety checkpoints and 53 grant-funded saturation patrols. All four California Highway Patrol commands conducted freeway sweeps during Labor Day weekend. "This high level of enforcement undoubtedly affected the rise in arrests. The county's arrest increase goes against the trend in neighboring counties," said Lt. Ava Garavatti of the Livermore police, campaign coordinator. Santa Clara County saw a 14 percent decrease, while Contra Costa County arrests dropped by 17 percent.

Avoid the 21 will hit the roads again for one day on Halloween and for 17 days starting December 17 and ending January 2. The crackdown gets its funding from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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