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The Napa area office of the California Highway Patrol reported making eight DUI arrests last weekend.

In three of these cases, the driver was involved in a collision and determined to be at fault due to the driver's impairment, the CHP said. The Napa area office covers both Napa County and a portion of Sonoma County.

Although only two occupants of the vehicles suffered very minor injury, it could have easily been a different conclusion, CHP Capt. Chris Childs, commander of the Napa area, said. “We want to remind individuals to designate a sober driver when they’ve been drinking,” he said. “Any one of these incidents could have resulted in tragedy.”

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Motorists face an estimated $10,000 expense for first-time DUI offenders, the CHP said. Conviction means the suspension of their license, court costs, and an increase in their vehicle insurance.

The CHP urges the public to call 911 if they see a suspected driver under the influence.

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