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Hundreds arrested for DUI in weekend crackdown

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Posted: Monday, September 3, 2007 8:16 pm | Updated: 6:41 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Police agencies across the state have been rounding up people driving under the influence over the holiday weekend.

A total of 772 people were arrested for DUI as of early today, according to the Office of Highway Safety. A total of 319 were considered extreme DUIs because the blood alcohol level of those arrested was tested at .15 or above.

With today’s arrests not yet reported, the number caught at DUI checkpoints already surpasses last year’s total of 734.

The number of extreme DUIs last year was 182, a “disturbing trend”, said Michael Hegarty, deputy director of the Office of Highway Safety.

“It’s disturbing when these people, despite our enforcement efforts, continue to drive at these levels,” he said.

Close to 1,000 law enforcement officers and deputies were part of the statewide task force.

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