8 people arrested for DUI last Friday through Sunday, police say

jhickey@thetribunenews.comAugust 22, 2013 

California's AVOID DUI program was launched in 1973.

A DUI patrol campaign among 12 local law enforcement agencies yielded eight arrests between Friday, Aug. 16, and Sunday, Aug. 18, of people driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to provisional numbers released by the San Luis Obispo Police Department.

Those arrests do not include that of Shandon driver Vicente Muniz Montes, who is accused of being drunk when he caused a head-on crash on Highway 46 East that killed Bakersfield residents Charles and Irene Massara on Saturday afternoon.

Montes has pleaded not guilty in San Luis Obispo Superior Court to two counts of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, hit-and-run causing death and driving with a suspended license.

DUI arrest data from 2012 is not available for comparison with last week's numbers.

The campaign will continue through Labor Day on Sept. 2, according to a news release.

Funding for the program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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