Slow Down on the Hoiliday Cheer: CHP

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     Police in the Bay Area have arrested 167 drivers since Friday for  driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to the California  Highway Patrol, up slightly since 2009.

         Statewide since Friday, 990 drivers have been arrested on DUI  charges and eight people have died on roadways, according to the CHP.      One traffic death was reported in the Bay Area.
         The statistics were recorded between 6 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m.  today. Police made 923 DUI arrests statewide last year during the same period  on Labor Day weekend, according to the CHP.
         Area law enforcement in recent weeks has increased drunken driving  patrols and DUI/driver's license checkpoints as part of a summer crackdown  campaign. The increased-enforcement period, which is funded by state and  federal funds, ends at 11:59 p.m. Monday.
         Police and CHP officers in San Francisco have made 102 DUI arrests  during the campaign.
         In Santa Clara County, officers representing 15 law enforcement  agencies made 343 DUI arrests between Aug. 20 and midnight Saturday,  according to the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office. Officers made 363 DUI  arrests during the same period last year.
         Law enforcement in San Mateo County has arrested 172 drivers for  DUI offenses since Aug. 20, according to the Daly City police department.
         At a checkpoint Friday night in Atherton officers screened 113  vehicles and made no DUI arrests. An injury accident Friday night in Pacifica  is believed to have involved a driver under the influence of alcohol or  drugs, according to police.