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DUI Crackdown Nabs 55 in Gilroy

A total of 55 drunken drivers were taken off the roads in an 18-day span.

The group effort across Santa Clara County to eradicate drunken drivers from the streets yielded a total of 368 arrests from Aug. 17 to Sept. 3. The "2012 Summer/Labor Day Holiday DUI Mobilization Crackdown," was a joint project by law enforcement agencies from all over the county.

While 368 DUI arrests may sound like a lot over a short period of time, in the same window last year, the agencies came up with 441 total DUI citations, showing a 16.5 percent year-over-year drop. There were not any recorded DUI-related deaths during this period, but there were 35 DUI-related injuries. 

According to Sheriff's Sgt. Jose Cardoza, 55 of the 368 DUIs were handed out in Gilroy, accounting for 15 percent of the total. Gilroy CHP wrote 37 of the 55 citations and Gilroy PD officers made up the other 18. The heaviest hitting day was Aug. 19, when 11 drunken drivers were stopped in Gilroy.

Just up the road in Morgan Hill, 22 total DUI citations were given during the crackdown. 

Are you surprised to hear there are so many intoxicated drivers in your midst all the time? Not surprised at all? Tell us in the comments!

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Tom Foolery October 18, 2012 at 02:16 PM
How do you report drunk drivers? I've heard that you call 911. If you have nothing to lose except a few days in jail and a warrant for your arrest then is it any wonder why many "poor" don't resist the behavior.. Lets be honest about this.( Of course there are exceptions.) If you don't believe this then I suggest you go sit a few days in traffic court and do your own analysis.

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