California Highway Patrol officers arrested 66 weekend drivers for suspicion of drunken driving in San Diego County by sunrise this Independence Day, 13 more than during the holiday weekend last year.
Fourth of July holiday weekend statistics released by the CHP showed a 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. Monday, according to CHP Officer Tommy Doerr.
There have been 948 drunk driving arrests statewide in the first 60 hours of the Fourth of July weekend this year. There were 930 during the same period last year.
One traffic fatality was reported in San Diego County so far, but there were 23 traffic deaths statewide. Last year, there were 22 fatalities statewide and one in San Diego County during the first 60 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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