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Wed 06 Jul 2011

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People are just not heeding that warning,

  • Drunken driving arrests jumped by 32 percent over the Fourth of July weekend this year in the Bay Area, but police saw no change in the number of fatal crashes
  • CHP Officer Hector Baiza said numbers climbed last year as well despite public information campaigns seeking to keep people from drinking and getting behind the wheel
  • Between Friday evening and midnight on Monday, 251 drivers were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence compared with 190 last year, according to the California Highway Patrol
  • The long weekend may have contributed to a relatively calm celebration in one of the few Bay Area cities that allow the sale and use of "safe and sane" fireworks, devices that generally don't fly or explode
  • No breakdown of the total was available for San Mateo County, but Santa Clara County had 142 arrests and Contra Costa County had 37 from Friday to Saturday

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