While cases of driving under the influence typically increase during the holidays, numbers in Madera were down compared to 2010.
The winter holiday Avoid DUI campaign in Madera and Fresno counties that ended Jan. 1 saw a good number of people arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence during the 17-day effort, but not nearly as many as were arrested the previous year.
“Our provisional numbers show that we arrested 147 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In comparison to the same time period in 2010, there were 176 DUI arrests,” Avoid DUI public information officer Alfreda Sebasto said.
Out of 147 arrests, the Madera area California Highway Patrol arrested 14 drivers during that period — almost half as many arrests compared to 2010 when 27 people were arrested for suspicion of DUI. Of the arrests, five were made on New Year’s Eve into New Year’s Day — down from eight arrests in that time in 2010...