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Newsfront - December 26, 2008

Don't let the DUI 'Grinch' steal Christmas

If you choose to drink and drive this holiday season, those flashing red lights in your rear-view mirror won't belong to a red-nosed reindeer but to a California Highway Patrol vehicle, says the CHP. Officers are out in force during the Christmas maximum enforcement period, which began at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 24, and continues through midnight, Sunday, Dec. 28.

"Consider this a warning," said Contra Costa area CHP Capt. Jim Cahoon. "We will be out there taking a zero tolerance approach and will arrest you if you are drinking and driving."

CHP officers arrested 1,661 motorists statewide for driving under the influence during last year's Christmas period. During that same time period, 43 people died in the 4,613 collisions that occurred in California. Among those killed, 18 lost their lives in alcohol-related crashes.

The CHP will conduct a similar maximum enforcement effort during the New Year's holiday weekend, beginning at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 31, and ending midnight, Sunday, Jan. 4.