Drunken Driving Arrests Increase Over Labor Day Weekend

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A CHP officer arrests a drunk driver. Courtesy CHP

Drunken driving arrests were up in San Diego County during this year’s Labor Day weekend enforcement period, the California Highway Patrol said Sunday.

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CHP officers arrested 60 people for suspected DUI violations around the county between 6 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Sunday, an officer said.

Officers arrested 46 people throughout the county during the same period last year.

Statewide, though, the CHP reported fewer arrests for drunken driving than last year. Officers arrested 685 people for suspected DUI violations between Friday night and Sunday morning of Labor Day weekend this year, less than 730 arrests during that period last year.

Those figures only account for arrests made by CHP officers, not other law enforcement agencies.

There were 14 traffic fatalities reported by law enforcement agencies across the state during the period, up from nine last year. None of the fatalities occurred in San Diego County.

–City News Service

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