Originally Published: January 6, 2004 7 a.m.
One of the happiest aspects of this new year is that we got through the celebration without any alcohol-related car crashes.
That fact is a strong testimonial for the effectiveness of the multi-agency holiday law enforcement patrols that have become a regular fixture of the season.
Over the holiday, 19 officers from six local law enforcement agencies arrested nine people on charges of DUI (driving under the influence).
The average blood alcohol was about 0.11 percent. Any reading greater than 0.08 warrants a DUI charge. Three individuals face extreme DUI charges, because their blood alcohol levels exceeded 0.15.
The nine people who ended up under arrest probably aren't happy campers, but they should be. Whatever the consequences of their predicaments, they at least are still around to deal with them, and they didn't harm anyone else with their irresponsibility.
Congratulations to our local officers, and let's hope they do the same on a few weekends when it isn't a major holiday.