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Labor Day Checkpoints Yield More Than 200 Bay Area Arrests

Labor Day Checkpoints Yield More Than 200 Bay Area Arrests

California Highway Patrol (CHP) reports that officers arrested more drivers for DUI this Labor Day weekend than at the same time last year. In the Bay Area, CHP officers arrested 258 people on suspicion of driving under the influence, compared to 252 drivers in 2010. Law enforcement officials from Santa Clara County also reported an increase in arrests. Officers arrested 385 drivers on suspicion of DUI during Labor Day weekend in 2010, compared with 439 in 2011. San Mateo County reported 211 arrests for DUI, down from 224 during Labor Day weekend of the previous year.

The number of Labor Day weekend fatalities also increased in some areas, however. CHP reports a total of 22 people killed in its jurisdictions, up from 16 deaths in 2010. Nineteen of the 22 people killed were not wearing their seatbelts. Law enforcement officers advise drivers to always use a designated driver when drinking, obey all traffic laws and use safety belts and restraint systems properly.

The San Jose drunk driving victim attorneys at Caputo & Van Der Walde have extensive experience representing those whose lives have been changed by people who chose to drink and drive. Drunk driving accidents lead to fatalities, serious injuries and extensive property damage, forcing victims and their families to pay costly medical bills and funeral expenses. If you suffered serious injuries as the result of an auto accident caused by a drunk driver, contact us at (800) 900-0863 for a free consultation.