A man went into a park playground and hung out by a pond on Saturday. Only problem? He apparently forgot that he was still in his car, police said.The allegedly drunken driver drove into a playground at McLaren Park at around 2:20 a.m., according to police at Ingleside Station. Cops said they found the car stuck “half off the road and in the air” alongside the pond.The officers said the driver failed all the field sobriety tests.No injuries were reported. Read More
A pedestrian who died after being hit by a suspected drunken driver in Pacifica early Sunday morning has been identified by the San Mateo County coroner's office as 25-year-old Scott Garrigan.Garrigan, a Pacifica resident, was found dead near Skyline Boulevard and Sharp Park Road at about 1:35 a.m. Sunday.While officers were at the scene investigating the death, a motorist pulled up and admitted to hitting someone walking in the roadway, police said. Read More
A married San Carlos couple is being accused of drinking and driving with four young children in their minivan — pulling over twice so they could guzzle down more beer — on the way home from a beach booze-fest last month.James Arthur Lee, 54, and Wendy Maureen Lee, 43, are in custody after a sheriff’s deputy said he found 14 empty beer cans, an empty bottle of rum and a driver who could barely stand up in the pulled-over minivan Jan. 22. Read More
For the hundreds of drunk drivers out there who got caught doing it: brush up on those court orders, because police this month are targeting the offenders who got away.
It’s the start of the Police Department’s annual DUI winter crackdown Friday and they announced they’re also on the prowl for the ones who failed to comply with the judge’s orders, i.e., traffic school, community service, etc. Read More
The California Highway Patrol is reporting an increase in statewide and Bay Area drunken driving arrests over the Thanksgiving weekend.
Provisional numbers released by the CHP on Sunday showed that officers statewide made 975 DUI arrests between Wednesday Evening and Saturday morning, compared to 904 arrests for the same period in 2009.
CHP officers in the Bay Area arrested 177 drunken drivers over the holiday weekend, compared to 137 arrests in 2009. Read More
A team of traffic officers on motorcycles will be on the lookout for impaired drivers on San Francisco's streets tonight, according to San Francisco police and a spokeswoman for "Avoid the 8," a multi-jurisdictional anti-drunk driving program.
The team will start their rounds at around 7 p.m. and return to the police department at around 3 a.m. Read More
San Mateo Assemblyman Jerry Hill is holding a news conference Wednesday to announce legislation that authorizes judges to repeal licenses from drivers with three or more DUIs. The event will be at San Mateo County Superior Court. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that one-third of the annual 1.5 million DUI arrests are repeat offenders. Read More
In an effort to keep drunken drivers off the roads this Halloween, AAA of Northern California will be offering free rides home to anyone who has had too much to drink to be able to drive safely.
AAA's free Tipsy Tow program is open to everyone in Northern California, including people who are not AAA members, according to the organization.
The California Highway Patrol will hold a checkpoint in San Francisco on Friday to target drunken and unlicensed drivers.
The checkpoint will be held from 10:30 p.m. Friday to 12:30 a.m. Saturday at an undisclosed location.
The CHP plans to check all vehicles, and drivers who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be arrested.
Drivers without a valid license will receive a citation and have their vehicle impounded.
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