Police arrest 250 in South Bay anti-DUI campaign

December 25, 2011 3:03:17 PM PST
More drivers are feeling the effects of having one too many drinks before getting behind the wheel this holiday season in Santa Clara County, where sheriff's deputies have arrested 243 people for driving under the influence.

Law enforcement officers throughout the county made the arrests on local roadways during an anti-DUI crackdown from Dec. 16 through Christmas Eve, according to a CHP news release.

DUI arrests during the same nine-day period last year were only slightly higher, when police netted 286 drunk driving arrests.

Police in Santa Clara County said there were no deaths as a result of DUIs on Saturday night, but that they saw two DUI-related crashes that caused minor injuries.

Drivers throughout the county can expect to see beefed-up DUI patrols and checkpoints through New Years Eve as part of the ongoing anti-drunk-driving campaign.

Police are asking the public to report drunk drivers this holiday season by calling 9-11.