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UHP troopers arrest more than 100 in DUI blitz

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 2 2013 2:07 p.m. MST

More than 100 people were arrested by the Utah Highway Patrol for drunken driving over the extended holiday weekend.

Mike Terry, Deseret News archives

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SALT LAKE CITY — More than 100 people were arrested by the Utah Highway Patrol for drunken driving over the extended holiday weekend.

From Dec. 28 though the end of Jan. 1, 107 drivers were arrested by UHP troopers for driving under the influence. Last year, troopers stopped 93 intoxicated drivers. Of those arrests, 31 were made by troopers in Salt Lake County, said UHP Cpl. Todd Johnson.

Weber County had nine DUI arrests on the freeways and Davis County had seven. A DUI squad that worked between several jurisdictions, though mainly in Salt Lake County, made an additional 29 arrests, Johnson said.

A total of 3,739 vehicles were stopped during the statewide DUI blitz. The good news, Johnson said, was there were zero fatalities on highways.

Salt Lake police also arrested a total of 10 DUI drivers in their jurisdiction on New Year's Eve.

Pat Reavy, Twitter: DNewsCrimeTeam

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