Police Warn of Heightened DUI Enforcement New Year's Eve Weekend

The Mountain View Police Department will have a nighttime checkpoint on Dec. 29.

Thirteen drivers were arrested for driving under the influence in Mountain View during the Christmas weekend, according to the Crime Reports database.

This includes .

To continue their enforcement against drivers under the influence, the MVPD will conduct a checkpoint on Dec. 29, 2012, beginning at 10 p.m. Traffic flowing through the checkpoint will be contacted by uniformed officers, who will be checking for alcohol and/or drug-impaired drivers, according to a press statement.               

But one police department alone cannot undertake DUI deterrence. For For this reason, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) also prepares "to ring in the New Year with an increased enforcement presence throughout the state," according to a press statement

The CHP will undertake its New Year’s Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP) beginning Friday, Dec. 28th at 6 p.m. and will continue through Tuesday, Jan 1 at 11:59 p.m.

"Safety is the California Highway Patrol’s priority year round," said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. "Hopefully with the presence of additional officers on the roadway during the holiday season, everyone will arrive safely at their destination."

According to the CHP, over last New Year’s holiday, 25 people died in collisions statewide and the majority who died within CHP jurisdiction wore no seat belt at the time of the crash. CHP officers made more than 1,200 arrests for DUI.

This past Christmas weekend, even with increased enforcement, 39 people died on California highways during a 102-hour period. CHP officers arrested 1,170 drivers for DUI. 

Law enforcement asks the public to report suspected drunk drivers to 9-1-1.

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