Monday Jan 04 2010
More than 1,300 arrested for DUIs statewide
By: Jenifer Gee Journal Staff Writer
Locally 41 arrested during holiday enforcement
While local numbers are trickling in, statewide more than 1,300 motorists were arrested for drinking and driving over the New Year’s Eve weekend. Jaime Coffee, spokeswoman for the California Highway Patrol, said that 1,388 drivers were charged with DUIs across the state. Valley division CHP offices, which include offices from Woodland to south of Stockton and encompasses Auburn, picked up 147 allegedly drunk drivers between 6:01 p.m. Dec. 31 and 11:59 p.m. Jan. 3. Auburn-area CHP Sgt. Doug Milligan said his office arrested three drivers on suspicion of driving under the influence between Dec. 31 and Jan. 3. Countywide statistics from the Avoid the 7 effort were available for 2009. On Dec. 31, county law enforcement agencies reported just one DUI arrest. Since the beginning of the Avoid the 7’s holiday enforcement period, which started Dec. 18, about 41 Placer County DUI arrests were recorded as of Dec. 31. Arrest figures for 2010 are not yet available. Coffee stressed the importance of designated drivers. She also said that any motorists who suspects another is driving under the influence should dial 9-1-1 immediately. “Make sure to designate a non-drinking driver,” Coffee advised. “Not the most sober person, but a non-drinking driver. Jenifer Gee can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.