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Anti-DUI campaign nets more than 100 arrests

The local extension of a national anti-DUI campaign led to the arrests of more than 100 impaired drivers during the Labor Day holiday period, the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office reported last week.

Like “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s high-visibility enforcement program, Santa Clara County’s “Avoid the 13” campaign ran from Aug. 19 through Sept. 5, Labor Day. The effort is named for the 13 participating law enforcement agencies, including the Sheriff’s Office, the California Highway Patrol, the Los Altos Police Department and the Mountain View Police Department, all of which worked together to establish two DUI checkpoints and 42 roving DUI saturation patrols during the 18-day period. By Sept. 7, participating agencies reported 114 arrests.

Santa Clara County Sheriff warns of gift-card telephone scams

The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office is cautioning residents of Los Altos Hills and surrounding areas about phone calls from individuals threatening legal action unless fines are paid – with gift cards.

“The Sheriff’s Office would never accept payment over the phone,” said Detective Sgt. Mark Roggia of the West Valley Substation.

Police investigation of fatal Foothill crash ongoing

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A memorial with flowers and balloons sprung up at the site of the fatal crash. Burn marks are still visible on the tree, left.

The Los Altos Police Department continues to investigate the Aug. 30 one-vehicle accident on Foothill Expressway that resulted in a fatality.

The Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office identified the victim as 58-year-old Los Altos resident Matthew Maki, who was pronounced dead at the scene after the car he was driving hit a tree.

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