Law enforcement made one DUI arrest in Los Altos and eight in Mountain View over Memorial Day weekend, according to local police agencies.
The lone arrest in Los Altos occurred May 24 at the intersection of West Edith Avenue and North San Antonio Road, Los Altos Police Sgt. Brian Jeffrey said.
The arrest echoed the department’s one recorded DUI over the 2018 Memorial Day weekend, made on the 800 block of Fremont Avenue.
Mountain View Police Department spokeswoman Katie Nelson reported that officers arrested four people and cited two more for DUI violations during the weekend. Last year, Mountain View officers arrested two people and cited two more for DUIs.
In addition, the California Highway Patrol arrested two drivers in Mountain View for driving under the influence over the holiday weekend, according to Officer Art Montiel, spokesman for the Redwood City-area CHP.
In all, the CHP made 1,099 DUI arrests statewide over Memorial Day weekend, a 4% increase over last year. Officers averaged 14 DUI arrests per hour this year, CHP officials noted.
Los Altos Hills is among the cities in California with no DUI arrests over the Memorial Day weekend. Deputy Michael Low of the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office said no DUI citations were issued, either.
While Los Altos Hills was spared, Low acknowledged that holidays often lead to more people driving impaired.
“You do tend to see an increase (of DUIs) during the holiday weekends, unfortunately,” he said.
No fatalities were reported in Los Altos or Mountain View as a result of the DUIs; however, 34 total deaths were reported statewide this year. Nearly half of those killed were not wearing seatbelts, the CHP revealed on its Twitter account, with the hashtag #BuckleUp.
According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration – an agency of the Executive Branch of the federal government – alcohol-impaired driving fatalities have continuously increased in California since 2010.