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November 23, 2007
California DUI update
This holiday season five California state departments are teaming up to help prevent drunk driving & DUI in California.
The California Highway Patrol are among the agencies deploying its officers to work along the state's roadways during the ``maximum enforcement'' period, which began Wednesday and will be implemented until midnight Sunday to ensure that motorists drive safely.
During the Thanksgiving holidays to date, 10 people have been killed within the CHP jurisdiction throughout California.
The CHP is working with the Office of Traffic Safety, the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, the Department of Motor Vehicles, and the Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to promote the state's anti-DUI and anti-drunk driving effort.
Officials said this year 618 people have been arrested for California drunk driving during the maximum enforcement period compared to 578 California DUI arrests during this same time last year.
Last year, 1,594 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes and more than 30,000 were injured in DUI or alcohol-related crashes.
Several California DUI checkpoints are set up around Oakland not only during the holidays but throughout the year. In addition, the department has stepped up its drug recognition efforts with officers specifically trained to detect and document someone accused of California DUI , California DWI , California Drunk Driving or under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
Other California DUI / DWI / Drunk Driving enforcement efforts include safety tips that will be displayed on Caltrans message boards throughout the state.
California DMV plans to take prompt action against the driver's license of any motorist who is cited for a California DUI, California drunk driving, California dwi, or California driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.