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A 21-year-old Victorville man allegedly was speeding in a large SUV Tuesday morning around 9 a.m. Witnesses claim that the young man attempted to pass a Toyota that was traveling in the same direction. Witnesses say the 21-year-old crossed into the center lane of the roadway to make the pass.

A Mitsubishi Outlander was traveling in the opposite direction on the same road. Witnesses say the 21-year-old avoided hitting the Mitsubishi head-on. The SUV then rolled over and crashed into the fence of an elementary school. After a short investigation the 21-year-old was arrested on suspicion of violating California DUI law.

The 21-year-old reportedly insisted to a San Bernardino deputy that it was Sunday and not Tuesday. Law enforcement claims that the man was acting confused and belligerent after the crash.

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The maximum enforcement will occur when the most people are likely to be celebrating. Increased patrols will occur from Friday at 6 p.m. to Sunday at 11:59 p.m. both this weekend and next weekend. California Highway Patrol officers will be focusing on DUI, speeding, and seatbelt enforcement.

Last year's maximum enforcement period lasted from December 18 to January 3. During that time, 22 people were killed in California accidents and the highway patrol made 1,104 DUI arrests with 48 of those arrests in Santa Cruz County. According to a CHP representative, there were 90 accidents in Santa Cruz County over the holidays last year, and 11 of those accidents were related to DUI.

California's law enforcement agencies take a very hard line against DUI. Earlier this year, Insurance.com released a list of what it considered the top DUI cities in the United States. When they measured the percentage of applicants for car insurance who had been convicted of DUI, they found that four California cities made their top 10.

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An assistant coach for the Sacramento Kings was arrested early Thursday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence. The incident occurred around 1:15 in the morning. A California Highway Patrol officer says he noticed a broken taillight on a 1993 Mercedes-Benz. The officer made a traffic stop, which led to the California DUI arrest.

The assistant coach was booked into the Sacramento County Jail and released later Thursday Morning. He has since reportedly made a public statement about the arrest. He says that he had a couple of drinks before the arrest. In his statement he says his "blood alcohol level was slightly over the legal limit." California law places the legal limit at .08 BAC.

The coach said in his statement that he is "very sorry, embarrassed and disappointed for the position in which I put myself and team." The assistant coach is one in a string of people affiliated with the King's to be pulled over on suspicion of DUI over the past few years.

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A Gilroy man faced such a charge last week. The matter went to trial. Prosecutors allege the Gilroy man drank beer before climbing behind the wheel of a Chevrolet Silverado on February 3, 2009. The prosecutor claimed the man then ran a red light, broadsided a van and killed a six-year-old passenger in the van.

The prosecution brought a charge of second degree murder based upon implied malice. The 37-year-old defendant reportedly was convicted of DUI roughly ten years before the 2009 incident occurred. A second DUI reportedly was entered on the defendant's record when the defendant was a juvenile. The older conviction was more than 20 years old.

The prosecutor reportedly argued to the jury that the prior convictions for DUI and the alcohol education courses ordered in the previous matters left the defendant familiar with the risks involved with drinking and driving.

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The Los Angeles Times reports that the city of Huntington Beach is looking into publishing the names of driver arrested for DUI on the city's Facebook page. The Huntington Beach City Council asked local law enforcement in the city if the police would be willing to post the names on the internet. The tactic is being characterized as a public shaming of the accused.

Huntington Beach, like many cities in California, is becoming increasingly aggressive in its focus on DUI charges. The city reportedly has added more officers who focus on DUI cases. In addition to the public shaming tactic on the internet, the city intends to send letters to bars after one of the bar's patrons has been arrested on suspicion of DUI.

The public shaming on Facebook arose as an idea after the Huntington Beach Independent, a community newspaper, stopped publishing listings of the names of drivers arrested for driving under the influence.

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