Sheriff’s Department DUI checkpoint. Image courtesy San Diego Sheriff

Updated 3:05 p.m. Dec. 26, 2014

DUI arrests were up this year over a year ago for the Christmas holiday and the number of fatalities remained the same, according to statistics released Friday by the California Highway Patrol.

Statewide, both DUI arrests and fatalities increased significantly this year over last.

For the 38-hour period between Christmas Eve at 6:01 p.m. and 8 a.m. Friday, there were 18 arrests for suspicion of drunken driving in San Diego County compared with 12 during the same period in 2013. There were two fatalities, the same as last year.

In California as a whole, 285 arrests for suspicion of drunken driving were made over the holiday compared to 221 in 2013. So far, 15 fatalities have been reported this year, triple the number for the same time period last year.

DUI arrest figures reflect only those made by CHP officers. The fatalities reported were from all law enforcement agencies.

The CHP investigates all crashes on freeways and on all roads in unincorporated areas.

City News Service

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