The CHP at the scene of an accident on Interstate 5 in National City Sunday July 7. The agency reported holiday arrests and fatalities Sunday. Photo credit: OnScene.TV

The California Highway Patrol arrested 81 motorists for suspicion of drunk driving in San Diego County over the whole holiday period, officials said Sunday.

While there were no fatalities on county freeways this year, the CHP said 24 people died on California roads during the extended July Fourth weekend.

Officials records the statistics in the period beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday and concluding at 6 a.m. Sunday.

The arrests for suspicion of DUI in the county increased by 47 over last year’s holiday period.

Statewide, three motorcycle deaths occurred and three pedestrians were killed in the CHP’s jurisdiction.

This year, there were 24 driving fatalities in California, as reported by all law enforcement agencies. There were 17 last year.

The 1,204 arrests statewide by CHP officers for suspicion of DUI was up from 389 last year.

The CHP only tracks DUI arrests made by its own officers, not those made by local agencies such as the San Diego Sheriff’s Department or San Diego police.

– City News Service

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