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Police agencies on watch for holiday drunks

Sierra Sun staff report

Local law enforcement agencies are warning Halloween revelers who may take the driver’s seat, to stay away from spiked pumpkin juice during the evening’s festivities.

The appeal comes with the hope of avoiding nightmarish drunk-driving accidents, especially those that may involve pedestrian trick-or-treaters.

California Highway Patrol Officer Steve Skeen said local patrol officers arrested four suspects last weekend for driving under the influence.

Last year, CHP officers arrested 1,258 people in the weekend prior to the holiday for suspected drunken driving, said a CHP news release.

In addition to possible jail time, DUI violators face loss of their driver’s licenses, alcohol-treatment classes and expenses that can exceed $10,000.

“If you’re caught driving under the influence, officers will be treating you to time in the local jail,” said CHP Capt. Ross in a prepared statement.

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Skeen said Truckee’s highway patrol office will not put additional officers on duty this evening.

Placer County Sheriff’s Lt. Julie Jeffs said Placer officials do not plan any special enforcement for Halloween, though Wednesdays are generally more staffed than other weekdays due to overlapping shifts.

“We will be especially vigilant for DUI drivers,” Jeffs said in a phone interview. “Community service officers will be out and about.”