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Update: CHP Officers Arrest 38 Drivers in OC as New Year’s Approaches

For the California Highway Patrol, the holiday DUI-enforcement period has begun.

Updated at 12:20 p.m. Sunday

CHP officers arrested 38 drivers for suspicion of DUI in Orange County during the first 36 hours of the New Year’s holiday period, compared with 57 last year.

One person was killed on county roadways between Friday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 6 a.m., according to the CHP. There were no traffic fatalities reported in the same time frame in 2011.

The 36 DUI arrests only include those made by CHP officers and do not include arrests made by other law enforcement agencies.

Statewide, there were nine traffic fatalities from Friday night to Sunday morning, compared with 12 during the same time in 2011. CHP officers arrested 723 drivers for suspicion of DUI, compared with 932 last year.

In San Diego County, 47 drivers were arrested by the CHP for suspicion of DUI, and one person was killed in a wrong-way crash on state Route 52 in Santee that is suspected of being alcohol-related. 

JustUs December 31, 2012 at 07:20 AM
"Why do you seem to tie your disdain for the Viet Nam war to most blog issues?" I have no idea what the heck you're talking about, imcjl. I have mentioned Vietnam exactly ONE time in all my comments on these opinion boards. I merely said that if we followed the lead of all those clowns who wanted to stay in Vietnam and fight we probably would have lost another 100,000 young American lives. Instead we were able to convince America that Vietnam was a an unwinnable and useless war. Sanity won out - which is pretty unusual in this country. And where did I say I went to Vietnam? Why are you making this stuff up? Burden of Vietnam? Now that's laughable. I mention the Vietnam war ONCE to make a point about dissent in America and suddenly it becomes my burden. hah! lol! What a clown you are, imcjl! lol! "DUI initiatives such as checkpoints have dropped fatalities by 51% since 1982--they work" Hogwash. Now you're making stuff up. I bet if we banned automobiles the drunken driving fatalities would go to ZERO! lol. So why not ban all motor vehicles, imcjl. Have the cops forbid people to drive! hah! That will certainly solve the problem. Oh, and while you're at it force all people to give weekly blood tests for illegal drug useage. hah! And if they flunk prosecute them! lol! That will certainly solve our drug problem in America! Oh and ban people from passing gas too. It will save the ozone! Make passing gas a felony!!! hah! lol! You're a clown, imcjl!
JustUs December 31, 2012 at 07:30 AM
shipwrek, how did you come up with that moniker? Are you high and dry or something? Seriously, why 'shipwrek'? hah! lol. If people would call a cab or use a designated driver we wouldn't have a problem. The FACT is - most DON'T and that's why drunk driving is a PROBLEM. But because people don't call a cab or use a designated driver I - A LAW-ABIDING MOTORIST - should not be punished for it by being forced to submit to unwanted police interrogations or searches WHEN I HAVE DONE NOTHING WRONG!!! Get it??? It's really not that hard to understand. If you want to forfeit YOUR civil liberties then be my guest. But don't TELL ME THAT I MUST FORFEIT MINE!!!! When your stink contaminates my clothes, that's when I complain. I don't want to play by the totalitarian rules that you propose. So go play by yourself. But don't order the rest of us to play by YOUR game. Got it??? That's called 'fascism'.
Paul in SB December 31, 2012 at 02:54 PM
JustUs...have you gone through a sobriety checkpoint? If so, please explain how you were subject to a warrantless search. Is asking for you driver's license and a simple question of whether you consumed alcohol a "police interrogation"? Since checkpoint locations are advertised prior to their implementation and all checkpoints have an "escape" prior to entering them, you have a choice not to be in the area or go through the checkpoint. As to deflection, you seem to be leading the charge by being dismissive of others and not answering questions posed to you by stating they are "really dumb". Do you really believe that bars are the primary source for DUI's? They certainly are a part of the problem, but so are people drinking at restaurants, parties, etc. I am sure you will ignore or dismiss the comments made by myself or others as "really dumb", but I think the rest of the posters here can see the light.
JustUs December 31, 2012 at 03:29 PM
"JustUs...have you gone through a sobriety checkpoint? If so, please explain how you were subject to a warrantless search. Is asking for you driver's license and a simple question of whether you consumed alcohol a "police interrogation"?" The FACT is that INNOCENT LAW-ABIDING TAXPAYERS are FORCED to SUBMIT to police actions at DUI checkpoints. You can attempt to downplay the intrustions if you want - but being FORCED to SUBMIT when following all the laws is the key here. That is NOT the design of a FREE society. So stop with the slippery slope garbage. "Since checkpoint locations are advertised prior to their implementation and all checkpoints have an "escape" prior to entering them, you have a choice not to be in the area or go through the checkpoint." Oh, since they advertise the pending civil liberties violations in advance in some obtuse way - that justifies the civil liberties violation? hah! So if some guy called you up on the phone and told you he was going to sock you in the nose at high noon while you're eating lunch it's your fault if he actually does it??? hah! Your logic is amazing, Paul in SB. I call it stinkin' thinkin'.
Julie December 31, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Posting an opinion here is a privileged opportunity, enough with utilizing this forum to banter in an argumentative fashion. We are adults and need to and should take responsibility for ourselves, and when we are not able to or see a friend or patron not capable, do something proactive to rectify a potentially dangerous situation. Offer someone a ride by calling a taxi or someone sober to pick up, do what each individual situation requires not to allow drunks to drive! (Most of my sphere leave their homes in a taxi when the plan is to go to a party so the car remains in the garage!) Just say no...friends don't let friends drive drunk! Being proactive and obeying the law allows no fear of going through a DUI check point, they are welcomed!
Lady Golfnut December 31, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Did I miss something? Who is Pus-bucket and Kampathy? Or have we resorted to name calling? Yeah that's mature debating....
Lady Golfnut December 31, 2012 at 04:03 PM
By the way, sadly I do know a few folks that have been arrested for DUI's. they were pulled over for minor traffic infractions that many of us are guilty of everyday: failure to make a complete stop at a stop sign or red light, crossing the line due to distraction of lighting a cigarette, or fiddling with the stereo. They blew the minimum at .08 and were arrested. So it's really not worth it when you are subject to being pulled over for anything: even as simple as no front license plate.
JustUs December 31, 2012 at 05:03 PM
"Being proactive and obeying the law allows no fear of going through a DUI check point, they are welcomed!" Sorry. We live in America where people have the presumption of innocence. That's what makes us different from North Korea or Red China were civil liberties are non-existent. Innocent law-abiding motorists should not be forced to the side of the road to undergo intrusive police action in a 'free' society. That is common sense. Those who have immigrated to America from third world banana republics and dictatorships see this and it sends a cold shiver up their spines. There are much more efficient and effective ways to catch drunk drivers than by harassing and infringing upon the civil liberties of innocent, law abiding taxpaying citizens.
Ann Sue December 31, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Julie, you were the only one that made sense on here. It's obvious a few people on this board are NOT adults. Well adjusted, educated and intellectually balanced adults have no time for the useless and nonsensical banter displayed on this subject or any other. Mommy needs to take away JU's computer until he grows out of his baseless issues.
JustUs December 31, 2012 at 05:30 PM
"Julie, you were the only one that made sense on here" And how exactly does promoting DUI checkpoints that FORCE hundreds of innocent, law-abiding citizens who have done nothing wrong to pull to the side of the road and SUBMIT to police actions make sense? It might make sense in North Korea. But how exactly does it make sense in America? That is a logical, rational, well-balanced question coming from an adult patriotic American, btw. So please withhold any insults in your response. Thank you.
jeff s December 31, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Good job CHP, as long as its not the San Clemente Sherrifs doing the pullovers! We don't need anymore cop commiting murders down here! Trigger happy fools would shoot you for not having your drivers license, or at least taze you for a broken tail light.... Sheeeesh!
Shripathi Kamath December 31, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Me: "That'd be illegal aliens who are caught for a DUI. As long as the sting was for DUI, the only thing a cop can bust you for (other than DUI) is if he reasonably suspects other wrong-doing." pus-bucket: "That's pure ignorance. So if someone had a gun and an illegal currency printing press on his front passenger seat the police officer at the checkpoint could not detain the driver for further investigation? hah! lol!" pus-bucket deduction #2: "if someone had a gun and an illegal currency printing press on his front passenger seat" it will not arouse any reasonable suspicion. Well done! (We won't even get into someone having a *legal* currency printing press, a whole printing press at that, in his front seat)
JustUs December 31, 2012 at 07:18 PM
"Well done!" It's not fun to be made look the fool, is it Kampathy? Your diversionary response made no sense whatsoever, btw. Your original comment said that if a motorist does not exhibit the signs of intoxication that he would be waved through the checkpoint. Yet, I pointed out to you that if a driver had a gun and an ILLEGAL currency printing press on his passenger seat that the cop would immediately order him to get out of the car - even though he wasn't drunk. So your logic is really messed up. You just don't think straight, pal. You walk right into a trap and then blame the trapper for your ignorance. hah! But have a happy New Year's anyway! hah! lol!
S.A.P. December 31, 2012 at 07:39 PM
More screaming by JustU, and no new information except now he's mocking my name. When you have nothing else, yell & name call. Good luck to the rest of you kind people who are trying to talk some sense into JustU. It's quite clear that this broken, shrieking record is stuck on repeat. Have a good New Year's Eve everyone, and PLEASE, if you drink tonight, don't listen to JustU. Call a cab, or one of the multiple free service running tonight. I promise the Gestapo will not knock down your door, and you and the other people on the road will arrive home safely.
Shripathi Kamath December 31, 2012 at 07:41 PM
pus-bucket: "It's not fun to be made look the fool," Which should prompt you to think before you speak so that you at least conceal what you are. Like driving around with illegal currency printing presses in the front seat. Will it? Gosh, I hope not.
JustUs December 31, 2012 at 08:33 PM
"Which should prompt you to think before you speak so that you at least conceal what you are. Like driving around with illegal currency printing presses in the front seat." More deflection from Kampathy. I am going to start calling you Deflectpathy. hah! lol! You always FAIL to respond directly to my points. You won't engage in real debate because you have met your master. And that just proves to me that you have no good response (since you know I am right and you are wrong) hah! lol! But keep coming back with the same lame and irrelevant replies. It's just proves to all the others exactly how shallow you truly are. Happy New Years!
JustUs December 31, 2012 at 08:45 PM
You've just got a problem with the truth, Shipwrek. Make that one of your resolutions for 2013. That's you'll acknowledge and accept more truth. Grow as a person. Good luck.
JustUs December 31, 2012 at 08:49 PM
jeff, especially if a driver happens to be black. Look what happened to decorated Marine Sergeant Manny Loggins. He was caught driving while black in San Clemente and look what the cops did to him. Gunned him down like a dog in front of his 2 underaged daughters. Protect and serve, eh??? hah! Sure. Pull my other thumb too!
S.A.P. December 31, 2012 at 09:08 PM
JustU, your "truth" & reality are worlds apart. Please don't kill anyone tonight while drinking & driving.
Paul in SB January 01, 2013 at 12:58 AM
Love your logic JustUs...it is obvious that all discussion with you is one-sided. You have yet to answer one question I asked. Typical ad hominem attacks with straw man logic arguments. Happy New Year...
JustUs January 01, 2013 at 02:52 AM
You just don't get it, do you Paul from SB? Just by virtue of the fact that INNOCENT LAW-ABIDING PEOPLE WHO HAVE NOT DONE ONE THING WRONG are FORCED to pull off to the side of the road and SUBMIT to police actions is INTRUSIVE on it's face!!! DUI checkpoints treat INNOCENT LAW-ABIDING CITZEN LIKE COMMON CRIMINALS. Again, that is stuff I would expect to see in NORTH KOREA, not in the United States of America. I responded to all your comments. If my responses don't make it between your ears and STICK - there is nothing I can do to help you. I respond to ALL challenges, something you and most posters FAIL to do! You never responded to MY specific comments. You gloss over them because you know I am right and YOU are wrong. Happy News Years. Have a sober one!!! And if you drink stay off the roads!
imcjl January 01, 2013 at 10:34 AM
Justus...just curious, but what color is the sky in your world? You present yourself as nothing more than a dull-witted, blog-flaming boor by your behavior...you mock, name-call and dismiss any facts that don't fit your apparent message, agenda or beliefs. The facts I presented above on 2009 drunk driving are from government statistics, but I am guessing that is not good enough for you. I am beginning to think you are simply a lazy, loud-mouthed facist towards anyone who does not agree with you or who won't submit to you. Get real, that form of uber liberalism mind-control/group think is dead. Stick to facts and you might be taken seriously....continue playing your seemingly endless hand of government consipracy, fear-mongering and general paranoia makes you out to be the very clown you characterize others. Next...
imcjl January 01, 2013 at 10:40 AM
Justus...you seem to be a real-life Walter Sobchak, and your obvious paranoia that the government is out to get you is a waste of time....you're just not that interesting or popular.
S.A.P. January 02, 2013 at 12:21 AM
Paul & imcjl, those are the same conclusions I reached as well.
JustUs January 02, 2013 at 02:59 AM
hey doofus, when cops force INNOCENT LAW-ABIDING TAXPAYING CITIZENS WHO HAVEN'T DONE ANYTHING WRONG to pull over to the side of the road and submit to their actions or face further scrutiny - that is a form of fascism. This is the same as what the Gestapo and the Stasi used to pull on their citizens under their governments. Go pick up a history book when you finish with the lastest looney- toon comic book. Perhaps if you educated yourself you're opinions wouldn't be so short-sighted and shallow. Ignorance has infiltrated America and that is just one reason why we are a dying empire.
JustUs January 02, 2013 at 03:04 AM
imcjl, I know you speak from ignorance so whatever you say is like water off a duck's back. Your viewpoints are due to an obvious lack of education and world history. You aren't familiar with how fascist societies get their start. You must think that one morning everyone gets out of bed and a fascist government is in power. You aren't smart enough to understand that fascism is a product of incrementalism. That is, it infects a society gradually - like the frog that gets cooked in the pot on the stove by gradually turning the burner up higher and higher. It's a shame that the public school education is so deficient in this day and age. Obviously, they teach you nothing about the US Constitution of the importance of it. And you grow up totally ignorant of how the world actually works. Too bad. But that's unfortunately what we're faced with and why the America that I knew is getting flushed down the commode. And you are helping to pull down the handle. I don't blame you. I blame ignorance. Enjoy the rest of your evening.
JustUs January 02, 2013 at 03:08 AM
Most fatal collisons are caused by drunken drivers with previous convictions of same. Most of them drink at bar and after their money runs out or the bars close their doors the drunks get into their cars and hit the roads. But obviously you don't have the grey matter to understand these simple facts or to connect the dots. Must be educated in a public school.
NerveCentro January 03, 2013 at 06:49 AM
Xenophobe hurray (JustUs)
JustUs January 03, 2013 at 07:02 AM
You probably don't even know what the word means. Somebody said it once so like a parrot you repeat it to act like you're smart. heh. :)
us marine January 03, 2013 at 04:56 PM
Just don't drink and drive. Very simple.

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