More than 100 arrested for drunken driving during weekend

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Article Date: 9/8/2009 | Resource: MLG

More than 100 arrested for drunken driving during weekend

The California Highway Patrol arrested 73 people in Orange County on suspicion of drunken driving over the Labor Day holiday weekend, compared to 67 last year.

No one was killed in traffic collisions on Orange County freeways, CHP Officer Jennifer Hink said today.

Several other policing agencies throughout the county also made DUI arrests and cracked down on unsafe driving practices, by holding checkpoints and showing an increased presence over the holiday weekend.

Sheriff’s deputies arrested 35 DUI suspects in checkpoints in Dana Point and Mission Viejo, and through saturated patrol efforts, Sgt. Jerry Brittain said.

Three DUI suspects were arrested in a checkpoint Saturday night in Irvine.

Newport Beach police arrested 10 people suspected of drunken driving, Newport Beach police Lt. Craig Fox said. La Habra police also held DUI enforcement efforts over the weekend. Results were not immediately.

Statewide, 10 people were killed on highways between 6 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Monday, the CHP reported. That compares with 23 fatalities during the same period last year, the CHP said. At least half those killed this year were not wearing seat-belts, the CHP said.

The final statewide number for DUI arrests will likely be available later today, CHP spokeswoman Jaime Coffee said.

During these periods, which typically coincide with major holidays, the highway patrol and often other law enforcement increase patrols and stage sobriety checkpoints.

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Jeffrey Marquart