Cops blanketing Bay Area with checkpoints

Authorities are forewarning drivers about DUI checkpoints around the Bay Area for the New Year’s weekend.

In San Francisco on New Year’s, there will be a checkpoint at Eighth and Folsom streets between 8:30 p.m. and 3 a.m. SFPD also plans a six-officer motorcycle DUI patrol that night.

Also, take heed on Bay Area highways. As many as 80 percent of all available California Highway Patrol uniformed officers will be out in force for the New Year’s holiday, CHP said.

In San Rafael, there will be checkpoints both Thursday and Friday night between 6 p.m. and 2 a.m. The checkpoint starts at A Street and Anderson Drive, but may relocate to Irwin Street and Fifth Avenue, police said.

Cops have been rather stern this year about drinking and driving during the holidays, reminding violators that they will struggle to get a job with a DUI conviction.

“Your conviction will show up on your record for 10 years,” San Francisco police Capt. Al Casciato said in a recent statement.

However, DUI busts and traffic fatalities during the holidays are thus far down from last year, police data show.

As of Wednesday, SFPD netted 54 DUI arrests during an ongoing 17-day crackdown, a 20 percent drop from the same period last year, police said.

Arrests are also on down Bay Area highways. CHP officers made 115 DUI arrests between the night of Dec. 24 till midnight Dec. 26, CHP said. There were 195 arrests during the same period last year.

Statewide, there were 658 DUI arrests, down from 1,104, the data showed.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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