Updated at 11:50 A.M. Sunday, Jul. 3
California Highway Patrol officers arrested 42 drivers for suspicion of drunk driving in San Diego County in the first half of the Independence Day weekend, five fewer than during the same period last year.
Independence Day holiday weekend statistics released by the CHP showed a significant decrease in drunk driving arrests statewide so far, compared to last year. The figures cover the time period from 6 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Sunday, according to CHP Officer Robert Catano.
There have been 673 drunk driving arrests statewide in the first 36 hours of the Fourth of July weekend this year. There were 803 during the same period last year.
No traffic fatalities have been reported in San Diego County so far, but there were 12 traffic deaths statewide. Last year, there were 18 fatalities statewide and none in San Diego County during the first 36 hours of the weekend.
The death statistics cover fatalities in all law enforcement jurisdictions, while the drunken driving arrests only pertain to those made by CHP officers.
— City News Service
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