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DUIs lead holiday weekend arrests

Crime: Number shows increase for Thanksgiving

Posted: November 29, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: November 29, 2011 1:55 a.m.

More than 60 percent of all arrests over the Thanksgiving weekend in the Santa Clarita Valley were for suspected drunken driving, according to the Inmate Information Center of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

On the heels of other recent weekend statistics issued by the center regarding local motorists charged with driving under the influence, the latest figures show an increase for the holiday season.

“Designated driver. Don’t drink and drive. It’s the same stuff we’re always preaching,” said Sgt. Jim Mair of the California Highway Patrol.

Arrests for DUI made this past holiday weekend were reported by CHP officers and by deputies of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

“Every time they take a chance drinking and driving, they increase the chance that they’re going to get caught,” Mair said.
Those “caught” over the Thanksgiving weekend included several people visiting the Santa Clarita Valley.

“Hopefully, they’ll learn their lesson,” Mair said.

Two weeks ago, the weekend booking log detailing arrests made between Nov. 11 and Nov. 14 revealed that 22 out of 47 arrests made locally in that timeframe were for driving under the influence of either alcohol or drugs.

In July, about half of all criminal suspects booked by both local law enforcement agencies were charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, a summer survey by The Signal revealed.

By the end of July, the Santa Clarita Valley saw 100 people charged with DUI.


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