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DUI arrests up from 2009 numbers, fatalities down

COAST CITIES — The number of arrests during the 18-day countywide Summer/Labor Day Holiday DUI Mobilization have exceeded the number from last year by 23, with 957 people arrested for driving impaired when compared to last year’s 934 DUI arrests made within the same time period, according to a sheriff’s spokesperson.
DUI arrests are up while DUI fatalities are down, according to Sgt. Jason Rothlein of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. The number of fatalities this year is reported at two so far, compared to seven DUI related deaths in 2009.
A County Sheriff’s release said that the arrests stemmed from sobriety checkpoints set up as part of the “Avoid” campaign that began Aug. 20 at 12:01 a.m. and ended at midnight on Sept. 6 and included 14 law enforcement agencies in the county. The campaign aims to crackdown on drivers who drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.