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Bay Area DUIs Number 208 For Long Weekend

Same number as last year's New Year's holiday season, CHP reports. Fatal accidents were down.

By Bay City News Service

The California Highway Patrol is reporting that it made the same number of DUI arrests in the Bay Area over the New Year's holiday compared to the same period last year. Fatal collisions were down.

From 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, to 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 1, the CHP reported one fatal collision in the Bay Area and 208 DUI arrests. Last year, the CHP saw three fatal crashes and 208 DUI arrests during the same period, according to CHP officials. Statewide, 1,273 drivers were arrested on suspicion of DUI over the past four days, compared to 1,270 arrests statewide during the same enforcement period last year.

Out of the 16 people killed in crashes on CHP-patrolled roadways over the holiday weekend, four were not wearing seatbelts, officials said. The CHP is reminding motorists to use a designated driver rather than driving under the influence and to buckle up.

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Chris Nicholson January 03, 2013 at 10:46 PM
The really shocking thing (to me) is that the fatalities for NYE is typically less than double an average Saturday night. If we controlled for trips taken and/or vehicle miles traveled, it doesn't seem clear at all that NYE driving is really dramatically more dangerous (assuming you are sober). You have to believe that the average number of drivers with BAC >= 0.08 is WAY more double. Makes you wonder. It would be interesting to take a "sober" look at whether DUI checkpoints are worth it. Gotta cost a lot in police overtime to make them happen, and the benefit is not clear at all.
El Cucuy January 03, 2013 at 11:20 PM
Serious question: are CHP given a certain quota to meet when they're out enforcing DUI checkpoints? The near-exact replication of the totals (208 local/1270 state to 208/1273) has me thinking that each patrol is asked to write a certain number of citations before punching out for the night. I don't have any evidence to support this notion -- other than the fact that I was pulled over for speeding on the 5 outside of Los Banos about 15 years ago, and the patrolman said he was going to let it slide because he "didn't have any tickets left."
lovelafayette January 04, 2013 at 01:38 AM
Interesting case to watch is the guy in ? Concord stopped at a DUI checkpoint who refused to answer, "Have you had anything to drink tonight?" until he consulted his attorney. He had had nothing to drink, but resisted the bad law of demanding an immediate answer to a potentially self-incriminating question. Police arrested him for interference with police, illegally searched his car, DA did not file but this is going to court as an abuse of police powers.
ElectraDaddy January 04, 2013 at 04:58 AM
I've been driving for 27 years and I have never driven through a DUI checkpoint. I did once come upon a DUI checkpoint that was just ending but that's it. I've begun to wonder if DUI checkpoints are an urban legend. Of course, I'm a homebody and am rarely out late which is when I would assume most DUI checkpoints occur.
Chris J Kapsalis January 04, 2013 at 12:31 PM
They are real. I had the job of photographing a checkpoint for a news paper a few years ago so I decided to ride my bike up there, bicycle with my camera. The police started looking at me, like why are you taking pictures of this? Then one asked me if I had been drinking. I was out of there.
Gary Etscheid January 04, 2013 at 04:56 PM
Chris, sometimes I am impressed by your intelligent thinking..........lol. Had it been me I probably would have left a brick behind, as in **** a brick.

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