Sunday, November 30, 2008

More California dui arrests over holiday?

California drunk driving criminal defense lawyers at California dui defense attorneys believe the California Highway Patrol is on pace to make more California dui drunken driving arrests statewide over the Thanksgiving holiday than last year.

In the Bay Area, there have already been more California dui arrests, according to the CHP. DUI-related fatal crashes have also surpassed last year's total in the state.

The special California dui enforcement period began at 6 p.m. Wednesday and will conclude Sunday, said CHP Sgt. Trent Cross.

Between 6 p.m. Wednesday and 6 a.m. Friday, there were 513 California dui arrests statewide. Last year, 618 arrests were made in all, Cross said. In the Bay Area's nine counties, the CHP made 82 California dui arrests in the four-day period last year. This year, there were 83 arrests through Friday morning.

"We have more officers out on the road this year," Cross said. "We also ... encourage people who see others driving in a dangerous manner to call 911."

One fatal collision has been reported in the Bay Area so far this year; there was one last year, Cross said.

Fatal crashes statewide by Friday had increased from 12 in 2007 to 15 this year, according to California dui attorneys