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December 27, 2007
Four people were killed on the county's roads during the Christmas holiday weekend, three more than last year, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The CHP also arrested 118 people for California DUI driving under the influence in San Diego County, 12 more than last year.
Statewide, the agency reported 27 people died on the highways, one less than last Christmas, but arrests for California DUI driving under the influence went up by 310 to 1,661.
An effort by 31 California DUI law enforcement agencies throughout the north state to crack down on California DUI drunk drivers has resulted in nearly 200 California DUI arrests since mid-December.
The number of California DUI arrests is up from the last year, but accidents related to intoxicated driving are down.
California DUI Arrests by participating counties as of Christmas night were:
Shasta — 85
Butte — 60
Glenn — 29
Tehama — 12
Siskiyou — 12
No DUI-related holiday traffic deaths have been reported in the five north state counties, Niemeth said.
A grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety covers the cost of overtime to place officers on the road specifically looking for impaired drivers, according to Niemeth.
The regional California DUI crackdown will continue through New Year's Day.
Tracy California DUI police will hold a DUI checkpoint on Saturday night to deter holiday revelers from driving drunk.
California DUI Officers will attempt to stop every passing vehicle from 7 p.m. Saturday to 3 a.m. Sunday in areas where California DUI / drunk driving could be a problem.
People planning on going out and drinking are encouraged to find a designated driver, and those who see impaired California DUI drivers on the road are encouraged to California DUI alert authorities.