Memorial Day Weekend DUI Crackdown Yields 133 Arrests, No Fatalities

Los Altos is among the 15 law enforcement agencies that combined to end the holiday weekend with the total number of arrests and alcohol-related traffic injuries lower than 2010.

The "Avoid the 13" focus on drunken driving this Memorial Day weekend ended with both arrests and alcohol-related crashes down from 2010, the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Department reported Tuesday.

In total, there were 133 arrests, five alcohol-related crashes with three injuries, and no fatalities at the end of the four-day campaign that began Friday.

arrested two people among the 133 countywide, on Saturday and Sunday. Sunday's arrest stemmed from a traffic stop on a 25-year-old San Jose man at El Camino Real and Del Medio Avenue.

The sheriff's office, which provides contract service to Los Altos Hills, Cupertino, Saratoga and unincorporated areas of the county, had two arrests on Monday and a total of eight for the weekend.

Fifteen law enforcement agencies participate in the "Avoid the 13" program, which focuses enforcement around holidays where drinking and driving have been a problem.

The reduction of crashes attributed to driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, commonly called DUI, and lack of fatalities is the main point of the focused enforcement, said sheriff's Sgt. Rick Sung. In 2010, there were 146 arrests, six crashes of which five resulted in injuries, and no fatalities. The five crashes with three injuries in 2011 marks an improvement, he noted.

Here is the breakdown of arrests compiled by the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Department among the 15 participating agencies for the four-day period:

Campbell police—9 arrests
CHP, Hollister-Gilroy—11 arrests
CHP, San Jose—32 arrests
Los Altos police—2 arrest
Los Gatos police—1 arrest
Milpitas police—4 arrests
Morgan Hill police—5 arrests
Mountain View police—5 arrests
San Jose police—43 arrests
Santa Clara police—4 arrests
Santa Clara County Sheriff—8 arrests (including 1 made early Monday)
Sunnyvale Public Safety—9 arrests

No further information was available on the CHP arrest locations.


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