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Four DUI Arrests In Walnut Creek Over Thanksgiving Holiday

The figure coincides with a 47 percent increase in vehicle fatalities in California.

The roads of Walnut Creek and California were a little less safe this Thanksgiving season. 

According to Lt. Tom Cashion of the Walnut Creek Police Department, four people were arrested on suspicion of drunk driving between Thanksgiving and Sunday. 

Across California, Thanksgiving weekend DUIs were down with 224 arrests statewide this year compared to 227 in 2011.

However, road fatalities were up over last year, according to the Contra Costa Times. There were 31 deaths on the roads from Wednesday evening through Sunday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol, compared to 21 for the holiday weekend in 2011. Many of those who died were not wearing seat belts.

Drugs and alcohol, however, may not be the main culprits. Officials say that sleep deprivation, routine change and stress over the holidays were more likely the cause of the recent fatal traffic accidents. The fatalities remain under investigation, but CHP says there are no initial reports of drug or alcohol involvement.

SR November 27, 2012 at 08:12 PM
With a couple hundred DUI arrests per year in WC this doesn't seem like a lot. I'm more concerned about all the home breakins on the police department website log. I also saw a story on KTVU Ch. 2 (nothing on Patch) about the Contra Costa Times allowing their vacation newspaper hold list to fall into the hands of criminals who use it to target houses for break-in's. That is truly scary and yet another reason not to give them your information.
Hali November 27, 2012 at 10:48 PM
It says 224 DUI arrests statewide, not just in Walnut Creek. Wow! That's truly scary, it's better to ask neighbors or friends to pick up your papers than relying on the newspaper.
CT- West November 28, 2012 at 12:24 AM
I hear they stopped an old bearded fat man in a red coat but released him when they found out he was just passing through on his way up north , He stopped for a brandy but his rain deer got him to where he was going. They operate his vehicle anyway, so they couldn't give him a ticket. ( darn, the city coffers will dry up without the revenue)
Stephen Fredricks November 28, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Burgalries are random acts, if you're concerned about your home when you're gone, then take the proper precautions instead of blaming the Contra Costa Times. You can always have a friend house sit and even share your concerns with WCPD and there's also ADT. Burglaries happen even when you're not on vacation, why not ask 'Mr. Google' on what you can do to lessen the chances of a breakin? Hey how about a moat full of alligators???
One more time with feeling November 28, 2012 at 05:09 PM
The Walnut Creek City Council is about to spend an additional $520,000 (on top of the existing $500,000 budget) from the General Fund $ to keep the Contra Costa County Libraries open more hours than the County funds while ignoring public safety & City requirements. http://walnutcreek.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=12&event_id=195&meta_id=81980 A few excerpts: "The libraries will continue to be open 56 hours per week. This means that starting in 2014, funding for the 21 extra open hours that the City buys from the County Library for both libraries and funding for the operations and maintenance of both libraries will come from the General Fund rather than the accumulated proceeds from the expired Measure Q parcel tax." (Page 2.) Relative to WCPD: "The department has modified its policies to adjust to the decrease in staffing." (Attachment 5, page 21.) County Library revenue is plummeting while expenses increase (Attachment 1). "... projecting zero salary increases into the future could contribute to higher staff turnover..." (Page 5.) City employees working/patrolling the length and breadth of our City or County Library staff monitoring books for 21 more hours per week... If this budget passes, we will again have confirmation that we don't have a revenue problem - we have a spending problem. "our projected revenues continue to lag behind projected expenditures". (Page 3.)
One more time with feeling November 28, 2012 at 06:10 PM
The "out-of-town actors" residence remains. (Appendix 1, Page 48, item 23.) http://walnutcreek.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=12&event_id=195&meta_id=81980 http://www.walnut-creek.org/about/resources_n_programs/csd/project_list/arts_n_library/rep_landscape.asp $5.5 million (2012-2014) is listed in "discretionary funds" for the unnecessary fake grass at Heather Farm Park. Nearly $20 million is budgeted (2016-2018) + $2.4 million (2014-2016) for the Heather Farm Pool project. (Attachment 5, Pages 19 & 20.) There are many comps for half the $. This "discretionary funds" project is starting to smell like the Contra Costa County Library downtown Walnut Creek branch project funding shell game but without a "Foundation" to fund 1/8 the total or 2x No vote on bonds. City employees working/patrolling the length and breadth of our City or... ... housing visiting actors? ... installing fake grass so even more trash will appear in Heather Farm Park? ... overpaying to build new pools (yup, plural) for a few City tax-paying citizens (but mostly non-residents) to swim. At least there is an entry fee, so there is some income. Maybe all the income from the pop-ups http://walnutcreek.patch.com/articles/broadway-carts-coming-for-holiday-shopping will cover these expenses. After ruining the ambiance of Liberty Bell Plaza and the view from Il Fornaio it is the least they could do. We don't have a revenue problem - we have a spending problem.

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