A spokesperson for the Santa Clara Sheriff’s Department said they have seen a spike in the number of 2012 holiday DUI arrests. Law enforcement officials are reported to have said that more people were arrested and charged on suspicion of driving while under the influence this year compared to the same reporting period in 2011.
A total of 156 people throughout the county were arrested on misdemeanor DUI charges, they said. That effort was supported by officers and deputies from 15 different agencies. In 2011, though, about 146 were arrested, indicating a year-on-year increase of 10.
Santa Clara Sheriff’s Department deputies say it is not uncommon for law enforcement to crack down on drinking and driving this time of year. This is due to the increased frequency at which people attend functions or parties, drink alcohol, and decide to get behind the wheel. DUI enforcement efforts will continue through the New Year. Checkpoints and saturation patrols will continue to take place in all areas of the county.
Most people who are arrested and charged with a basic, first-time DUI will be booked in to the system, cited and released. Those who have more than one of this type of arrest on their record, or those who have caused an alcohol-related accident will need to hire a bondsman in order to get out of jail.