Labor Day Weekend: Expect DUI Patrols

Checkpoints are planned in San Jose and Milpitas Saturday, and extra patrols are planned throughout Santa Clara County.


As the Labor Day weekend gets underway, the national end-of-summer crackdown on drunken driving heats up throughout the Bay Area.

Expect more cops on the road.

Specifically, DUI checkpoints will be Saturday in San Jose and Milpitas. Extra DUI "saturation patrols" will be deployed in the cities of: Campbell, Milpitas, Los Altos, Mountain View, Los Gatos, Palo Alto, San Jose, Santa Clara, Gilroy, Sunnyvale, Morgan Hill, Cupertino, Saratoga, Los Altos Hills, and the unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County.

The Summer/Labor Day National Anti-drunken driving campaign is headed by county AVOID programs, including Santa Clara County's "Avoid the 13." It is coordinated through the state's Office of Traffic Safety is upping law enforcement presence for 17 days.

In Santa Clara County, the "Avoid the 13" campaign has netted in
251 arrests for DUIs, or "driving under the influence," thus far. , the majority of which were made last weekend.

The crackdown began targeting drivers in August, said California Office of Traffic Safety spokesman Chris Cochran, because "it's a high DUI month" and leads into the Labor Day holiday.

Here are the arrests, by jurisdiction*, so far:

Campbell -  4

CHP-Gilroy - 32

CHP-San Jose - 64

Gilroy PD - 15

Los Altos PD - 5

Los Gatos PD - 3

Milpitas PD - 10

Morgan Hill PD - 20

Mountain View PD - 21

Palo Alto PD - 2 

San Jose PD - 52 

Santa Clara PD - 9

Santa Clara Sheriff's Office - 4

Sunnyvale PD - 10 

* Not all jurisdictions have reported figures each day.

Cupertino, Los Altos Hills and Saratoga contract police services with the Sheriff's Office, where those arrest numbers are contained.


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