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Pre-Christmas DUI Arrests Up Slightly From Last Year

CHP officers arrest 41 drivers for suspicion of DUI during the first 36 hours of the Christmas weekend.

DUI arrests by the Highway Patrol during the holiday weekend are up slightly from last year in Orange County, and one fatality has been reported on roadways from 6 p.m. Friday through 6 a.m. Sunday.

Statewide, 15 people have been killed in crashes during the same time span, compared with five last year, according to the CHP. One of those killed was a motorcyclist riding without a helmet, and eight were traveling in vehicles unrestrained by a seat belt, according to the CHP.

CHP officers have arrested 41 drivers for suspicion of DUI in Orange County as of Sunday morning, compared with 40 last year. Those numbers do not include arrests made by other law-enforcement agencies. Last year, no fatalities were reported on county roadways during the first 36 hours of the Christmas holiday.

DUI arrests by CHP officers across California are down slightly from last year, with 700 drivers detained so far this year, compared with 710 in 2011.   

In San Diego County, 28 drivers have been arrested for suspicion of DUI and no fatalities have been reported.

JustUs December 23, 2012 at 10:53 PM
Why don't the cops surveil the front and rear door to bars, watch drunk patrons come out and get into their cars, and then pull them over after they drive from the parking lots? That way they could literally arrest thousands of drunk drivers and keep us much safer. Why, instead, do they set up fascist check-points and force 400 innocent law abiding citizens who follow all the rules pull to the side of the road for forced police interrogations and invasive searches for every drunk they nab? Is this North Korea? The whole concept is so totalitarian and anti-American. It's disgusting for any REAL American patriot who loves the US Constitution. That's for sure.
Shirley December 23, 2012 at 10:59 PM
JustUs you really don't know all the answers you think you do...you solution to this is called "entrapment" & LE can't do that. So in your head the fascist check points will continue, as well as stopping the dumb drunk trying to drive. Merry Chistmas, may we all be safe from the drunk drivers this holiday season...
MFriedrich December 24, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Yessss! Adios drunks and borachos!
JustUs December 24, 2012 at 02:35 AM
Entrapment, Shirley? Shirley you jest? It would be entrapment if the cop bought the guys several shots of booze then he walked out and got in the car. But it's not entrapment if the cops watch the front door for drunks staggering the front door and driving away drunk. The cops did nothing to cause him to drink or drive. So you speak from total ignorance, dear. The only reason they don't do it is because it would make the bar owners mad because their business would decline once the word got out. And the city doesn't want mad businessmen who are irritated at police enforcement. It's bad for business. So instead they target innocent citizens and subject us to forced stops, interrogations and searches at their checkpoints. I am 100% correct about this, Shirley. You know it. You just hate to accept the truth.
Shirley December 24, 2012 at 02:45 AM
Just, how pathetic you are...Merry Chistmas jerk...hope you don't get hit by a drunk, no matter if you're walking or driving.
JustUs December 24, 2012 at 03:04 AM
"Merry Chistmas jerk" So now you start the name calling, eh Shirley? That's what I expected. I know that you're angry because I'm right and you're wrong, Shirley. You just refuse to accept the facts, dear. Don't go away mad. Just go away. Have an eggnog. :)
S.A.P. December 24, 2012 at 04:47 AM
That would be a good idea if the only place a person could get drunk was a bar, and there were only a few bars to stake out.
JustUs December 24, 2012 at 06:15 AM
Shipwrek, looks like you don't get it either. My idea is 1000 times better than forcing innocent drivers who've done absolutely nothing wrong to pull to the side of the road and undergo police actions. Instead of a checkpoint the cops could stake out 3 bars a night. And they would catch many more drunks without bothering a single innocent motorist. And, of course, they could have their normal DUI patrols on the roads looking for inebriated drivers swerving and crossing lanes. It's really easy, Shipwrek. Seriously, it is. But I know you folks apparently can't stand the US Constitution and love to have your rights infringed upon. You are the perfect stepford citizens.
carlotta cuervo December 24, 2012 at 05:41 PM
I would be furious if it was me in that photograph taken and posted without my permission. Isn't this an invasion of privacy? He's only being tested, not booked!
Lady Golfnut December 24, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Justus, I agree with you on the checkpoint issue, that is totally unjust for those that abide the law. However, I don't think bar stakeouts are the answer either. What about restaurants? Private parties? It's incredible to think how many people still drink and drive with all the media coverage about this. The ones that really amaze me are those second and third offenders! There is no easy answer. Think about all the restaurants in south county alone and on any given night at least 50 percent get behind the wheel and could easily blow the . 08 it takes to get arrested for a DUI.
Jeff Santoni December 24, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Checkpoints, statistically, are a failure for combatting DUI. It starts with education and ends with so-called roving (which could be called targeting) patrols. But even then LE can pull you over for just about anything. Bottom line, call a cab or assign a DD, because all that Officer is looking for is another notch on their belt. The says of "Protect and Serve" are long over.
Jeff Santoni December 24, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Btw, last checkpoint in Laguna Niguel, one driver out of 54 vehicles that were actually stopped for suspicion of DUI were cited. You do the math.
MFriedrich December 24, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Yes. It only takes one.
Jeff Santoni December 24, 2012 at 09:04 PM
MF, that's justification (??) for spending thousands of grant dollars that could go to (pick one), our schools, the homeless, drug treatment programs, the elderly, the unemployed, patrols that actually are proactive than reactive? Nope, Lets pay thousands in OT to LE for one DUI. Insane, our Govt agencies doing what they do best, spending hard earned tax dollars for their own justification.
Lil-Marty December 24, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Oh why don't you guys lay-off the drunks! I think the cops should just take a two week hiatus on pulling people over for DUI. They're making a big deal out of a VERY lil problem. I just don't see what all the fuss is. Lil Marty Just Booz'in in Leisure World
john December 24, 2012 at 10:39 PM
All you armchair cops....if you care so much about how the cops are or are not doing things right (by your little world)....go through the academy (if you can take it)...spend seven years in jail with violent offenders....then get out on patrol (if you still have the will to protect the rest of ass holes from those ass holes)(....and then do the job the way you think it should get done...peace...out Thankful for cops doing their job...in San Clemente
Phil Drachman December 24, 2012 at 11:03 PM
First of all check points by law have to be published due to illegal search and seizure laws. Second most heavy drinkers know where the check points are and simply drive around them via alternate routes. Lastly restaurants, bars and even liquor stores cannot be made targets unless they are doing something illegal. In the case of all three if it appears that an individual or individuals are past their sobriety point then the person serving them has a legal responsiblity not to do so. It is not the police that have that responsiblity but the server or retail clerk in the case of a liquor store. Finally if police posted themselves, which they occasionally do, outside of restaurants and bars then its considered entrapment by law enforcement not to mention harrasment to the business. Everytime its been done the police lose in the end. Best thing they can do is tell the person to take a cab home and not get behind the wheel.
DM December 24, 2012 at 11:13 PM
The CHP are just tax collectors for the state! The huge amount of money they get from these checkpoints more than pays for pensions and wages of the CHP.
Lil-Marty December 25, 2012 at 12:15 AM
They need to just get over "DUI's"! It's no big deal. I drive all around Leisure World on my Rascal drunk as a skunk. People get in my way I just yell out, "move it or lose it"! Lil Marty D.A.M.M. (drunks against mad mothers ) Leisure World
Tom December 25, 2012 at 12:38 AM
Sorry Phil its a privilege to drive and to rid the streets of drunks is the right thing to do...yes it is a huge money maker but we all know when we should drive and when we shouldn't, don't blame law enforcement when you know your wrong. If you want to stop a lot of drunk driving then mandate that establishments that serve liquor be liable for those they release drunk onto the streets from their place of business. This will make it so they are the ones held responsible, secondly have a door man that doesn't allow drunks to leave without a cab being called when they are over the limit. But to say it's entrapment, I don't think so. Check points save lives, and the one it may save might be yours one day, or your kids and loved ones.
Charles December 25, 2012 at 02:34 AM
I wonder what would happen to you if you said that to some parent whose kid was just crippled or killed by a drunk driver.
Bigfoot Dave December 25, 2012 at 03:31 AM
Wow Charles, save the drama for yo mama. My apologies if she was crippled or killed by a drunk driver.
Lil-Marty December 25, 2012 at 04:54 AM
Charles, I wonder what would happen to you if I met you in a dark alley! Lil Marty Leisure World
artie..a.k.a arthur short December 25, 2012 at 04:21 PM
NO kidding big f00t dave!!! marty...if you met charles in a dark alley ...u wood prolli karate chop the shizzle outta his left shin ..thats your signature move!! ...& he wood go down faster than Lance bass in a gay bar!!!
JustUs December 25, 2012 at 04:56 PM
"Finally if police posted themselves, which they occasionally do, outside of restaurants and bars then its considered entrapment by law enforcement not to mention harrasment to the business." That's absurd. Phil Drachman. The police did not make the man drink, stagger from the bar, get into his vehicle, key the ignition and drive away. That is no more entrapment than the police surveilling a bank and waiting for a robber to exit with a bag of cash. If that is considered 'entrapment' then forcing hundreds of innocent citizens to pull to the side of the road for a forced police interrogation and search is CERTAINLY a form of entrapment for those who are caught in the net. This is my point. The cities really don't care about saving lives when they could do it MOST efficiently and effectively by having their police forces surveil bars around closing time and watching for potential killers as they stagger from the bars to their cars to get inside their 3 ton weapons and drive from the parking lots. You must admit. I make perfect rational and logical sense. It's just that some have been so brainwashed that they accept any line of BS thrown at them. Either that, or they are actually in on it (gov officials, cops, legislators, bar owners, etc...) and know the truth, yet opt to deny it in honor of that almighty dollar bill that is losing it's value considerably as we chat. :)
Frank Mockery December 26, 2012 at 05:50 AM
If you see Peter Herzog on the road dial 911 !!!
Lil-Marty December 27, 2012 at 01:35 AM
Charles, where are you? Lil Marty

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