Police in Northern California and across the country have been focused
on detecting and arresting drunk drivers during the holiday season this
year, and so far police have arrested 243 throughout Santa Clara County,
The Gilroy Dispatch. The drunk driving crackdown has been in effect throughout the second
half of December and will continue through New Year’s Day.
Records for holiday DUI arrests have shown that, so far, police have arrested
dozens less than they did last year, even though patrols have increased
when compared to 2010. While DUI patrols have been increased since December
16, the greatest increases are on the days surrounding Christmas and New
Years. Police fear that since both holidays occur on weekends this year,
DUI incidents may see a dramatic increase compared to the rest of the month.
Holiday drunk driving crackdowns have become commonplace over the last
several years and are not limited to end of the year celebrations. This
year alone, Santa Clara Police arrested 141 during Fourth of July weekend,
133 in the days surrounding Memorial Day, and 439 during the half-month
end of summer DUI campaign.
Although DUI checkpoints and patrols help to prevent many drunk driving-related
accidents from occurring every year, they cannot stop them all. Those
who choose to drink and drive put others at risk because of their negligent
and reckless behavior, with many
auto accidents caused by drunk driving resulting in severe injuries and even death.
If you or a loved one has been injured by the actions a drunk driver, the
Santa Cruz drunk driving victim attorneys at Van Der Walde & Associates can help you seek the compensation you
deserve for your injuries and losses. Contact us today for a free consultation
on your case by calling (800) 900-0863.