Memorial Day DUI Arrestes Down in SF, Santa Clara

DUI arrests over the Memorial Day holiday weekend were down in several Bay Area counties compared to the same three-day weekend last year, authorities said today.

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    DUI arrests over the Memorial Day holiday weekend were down in several Bay Area counties compared to the same three-day weekend last year, authorities said today.

     

    San Francisco saw a 55 percent drop, with only 27 arrests this year compared to 42 in 2011.

     

    "I hope this means that people are getting the message about driving stone-cold sober every single time," police Capt. Denis O'Leary said in a statement.

     

    Santa Clara County also saw a sharp drop, from 144 drunken driving arrests last year to 80 this year, according to California AVOID, which runs multi-agency anti-DUI enforcement campaigns in each Bay Area county over various holiday weekends.

     

    However, at least one county in the region, Sonoma, saw a slight uptick in their DUI numbers over the holiday weekend. That county had 53 Memorial Day weekend arrests for DUI, up from 43 the previous year.

     

    Sonoma County also had two injury DUI collisions over the weekend, one each on Sunday and Monday.

     

    Other Bay Area counties had not released their final arrest totals as of this afternoon.

     

    The holiday crackdown lasted until the end of the night on Monday. AVOID programs will return with increased patrols and DUI checkpoints for the Independence Day holiday, according to officials.