SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Officers staffing sobriety checkpoints and special patrols throughout the San Diego area over the July 4th holiday weekend jailed 334 motorists on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs -- a three-year high in DUI arrests, authorities reported.
"The rising arrests are a huge concern for law enforcement (and) at the same time a job well done by all law enforcement in San Diego (County) in removing drunk drivers from the road before tragedy strikes," sheriff's Sgt. Jason Rothlein said.
Over the comparable period last year, 270 people were booked in the region for allegedly driving while intoxicated.
In the city of San Diego, police arrested 46 people on suspicion of DUI between Friday and Monday and impounded 35 vehicles for various offenses, SDPD Officer Mark McCullough said. A total of 3,271 vehicles passed through sobriety checkpoints in the city this Fourth of July weekend, according to McCullough.
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