New Year's DUI Crackdown

January 1, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
Officers arrested dozens of drivers who had too much to drink before getting behind the wheel and this year, a new law will help them even more. Wednesday night, officers from the Fresno Police Department arrested 13 suspected drunk drivers on this corner.

The Fresno Police Department rang in the New Year with an impressive DUI bust.

From New Year's Eve through the early hours of New Year's Day, officers made 39 DUI arrests. Last year, that number was 16. Officials say there were two DUI checkpoints this year, compared to one last year, but that their enforcement has always remained the same.

The California Highway Patrol was also out in full force. Overnight, officers made 10 DUI arrests in Fresno County. This driver was arrested after he crashed into a big rig, sending his passenger to the hospital with a broken leg.

Law enforcement has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to drinking and driving, and now, so does the DMV. Starting Thursday, if you are on probation for a DUI and are caught driving with any amount of alcohol in your system, your license will be suspended for one year.

In addition to the two DUI checkpoints Wednesday night, large numbers of officers were out on late night patrol. They arrested more people doing that than at either of the checkpoints.

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