Friday, November 23, 2007

Northern California DUI arrests up over holiday

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The number of California DUI drivers arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol on Thanksgiving eve has increased since 2006, the California Highway Patrol reported today.

More people drive the night before Thanksgiving as opposed to the night of the holiday because people complete their traveling and errands by Thanksgiving morning.

From 6 p.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. today, 40 drivers were arrested in the Bay Area on suspicion of California DUI or driving drunk, up from 32 drivers in 2006, the CHP said.

One fatal collision occurred in the Bay Area during the 12-hour period, the CHP reported. A 29-year-old man was killed in a hit-and-run collision early this morning in San Jose, according to police. The suspect vehicle fled the scene almost immediately after the crash occurred, CHP say.

No fatalities were reported last year on Thanksgiving eve.

The number of drivers arrested statewide for allegedly California DUI driving under the influence has increased as well, the CHP reported.

Throughout California, 318 drivers were arrested on California DUI suspicion of driving under the influence Thanksgiving eve this year and 295 were arrested during the 12-hour period in 2006.