Get the 411 on Bay Area DUIs

Crackdown is just starting and lasts through next weekend

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    Each of the 10 DUI offenders will be paroled between mid-January and mid-October under the terms of their original sentences, the Sun-Times reported.

    The California Highway Patrol says it has arrested 160 impaired drivers in the Bay Area since Thursday evening.
         
     That number is up from last year when 123 people had been busted during the same reporting time span which started Thursday at 6 p.m.

    So far the CHP has not reported any fatalities in the Bay Area during their maximum enforcement period.

    Arrests have increased across California compared to last year. CHP officers have arrested 970 drunken drivers, up from 824 at this time in 2008.

    Monterey County seems to be the one exception. Law enforcement officials report one fewer arrests. 

    The crackdown ends Jan. 3.

    South San Francisco police have added a new weapon to their arsenal in the fight DUIs.
     
    The department recently purchased a custom-built DUI & Tactical Command Center, which will be used at DUI checkpoints throughout 2010.
          
    The center is described as command central with portable generators, portable lighting, four separate work stations, police radios, maps, emergency equipment and other supplies, police said.

    It can also be used during tactical incidents, natural disasters or other large events that could benefit from the convenience of a mobile command center.

    The trailer cost $66,000 and was largely paid for with a grant form the California Office of Traffic Safety, police said. State Farm
    Insurance, AAA of Northern California, Costco and Home Depot also donated to the project.

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