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Law enforcement agencies crack down on holiday revelers

Drinking too much eggnog and driving could land Christmas revelers in a cold jail cell this holiday season.

All available officers will be on the watch Dec. 24 and 25 for impaired drivers during a maximum DUI enforcement period, according to a recent news release.

The winter anti-DUI crackdown is funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs this holiday season are already tracking closely with last year’s rate.

From Dec.13 through Dec. 22, law enforcement agencies across San Luis Obispo County made 59 DUI arrests, while DUI 60 arrests were made during the same 10-day period in 2012, according to the release.

This year’s number could grow, as more law enforcement agencies report their numbers, the release said.

There was already one DUI collision-related injury reported by the Grover Beach Police Department since Dec. 13.

An upcoming DUI checkpoint will also be held in Paso Robles, and State Parks will employ extra DUI saturation patrols, the release said. DUI arrest data collection will continue through Jan. 1.

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