Drunk driving crackdown nets more than 100 drivers

More than 100 drunk drivers have been stopped and arrested in the past two weeks in San Francisco as part of the Avoid the 8 campaign.

The campaign, which brings multiple law enforcement agencies together to catch drivers under the influence, held three DUI check points since Aug. 20. The campaign continues through midnight Sept. 6.

The campaigns typically happen around holidays where the majority of people celebrate by drinking, according to Avoid the 8 spokeswoman Jan Ford

Ford said 102 people suspected of drinking and driving have been arrested since Aug. 20. Though the exact number of people arrested over the same period last year was not available, she said overall, the number of drunk drivers on Bay Area roads is decreasing.

“We’re hoping people are getting the message,” she said. “It’s much easier to educate people not to drink and drive than arrest them one by one.”

The San Francisco Police Department, California Highway Patrol, U.S. Park Police, Alcohol and Beverage Control, San Francisco City College Police and San Francisco University Police, participated in the Avoid campaign.

akoskey@sfexaminer.com

Can’t get enough crime stories? Check out The Examiner’s Law & Disorder Crime Blog.

avoid the 8Bay Area NewsDrunk DrivingLocal

Just Posted

Niners defensive lineman Joey Bosa played a major role in stopping the Eagles in a Week 2 San Francisco victory. (Courtesy San Francisco 49ers)
What we learned from Niners beating the Eagles

By Mychael Urban Special to The Examiner Is your glass half-empty? Niners… Continue reading

If he secured a full term in the Senate, Newsom would become the most powerful Californian Democrat since Phil Burton at the height of his career, or maybe ever. <ins>(Kevin Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
Artist Agnieszka Pilat, pictured with Spot the Robot Dog from Boston Robotics, has a gallery show opening at Modernism. (Courtesy Agnieszka Pilat)
Screenshots of VCs, Kanye and tech parties by the Bay

In this week’s roundup, Ben Horowitz’s surprising hip-hop knowledge and the chic tech crowd at Shack15

San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler, pictured in July at Oracle Park, says team members simultaneously can be “measured and calm” and “looking to push the accelerator.” (Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner)
How Gabe Kapler sets the tone for Giants’ success with strategy, mindset

‘There’s no doubt in my mind that he’s the hands-down manager of the year’

Firefighters extinguish burning material near Lake Tahoe on Sept. 3 in the wake of the Caldor Fire; environmental scientists say the huge fire is bringing to light deficiencies in forest management. <ins>(Max Whittaker/New York Times)</ins>
Cal Fire, timber industry must face an inconvenient truth

We are logging further into the wildfire and climate crisis

Most Read