The California Highway Patrol’s effort to stem drunk driving over the holiday weekend lead to slightly more arrests than in 2008. The CHP DUI crackdown began at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25, 2009 and had resulted in 87 arrests for driving under the influence by 6:00 a.m. on Friday, November 27, 2009.
The 87 arrests were moderately more than the 83 for the same time period in 2008. Statewide the CHP made 542 DUI arrests compared to 513 in 2008.
A driver arrested during the holiday crackdown must act quickly to protect their rights. You have only ten days from the date of your arrest to request a DMV administrative hearing or your license will automatically be suspended. Further, an arrest in Marin, San Francisco, or elsewhere in the Bay Area will initiate a criminal prosecution by the local district attorney’s office. If convicted for DUI you face possible jail time, fines and additional driver’s license consequences.