Saturday, January 5, 2008

California DUI arrests over New Year's declines

California DUI lawyer news

SAN DIEGO California DUI

California DUI Drunk Driving arrests during the New Year's holiday period in San Diego County showed only a small increase over last year and deaths due to drunken-driving decreased by more than half over last year despite a longer holiday weekend, the state Highway Patrol reported Friday.

Countywide, the Highway Patrol made 122 arrests for California DUI drunken-driving between last Friday night and Tuesday night, up only slightly over the 112 made during last year's New Year's period, which was a day shorter due to New Year's Day falling on a Monday. This year, it fell on Tuesday.

Two people died on county roads in drunken-driving accidents during the period this year, down from five during last year's shorter period.

Statewide, officers made 1,596 California DUI drunken-driving arrests during this year's New Year's period, up slightly from 1,481 California DUI arrests last year, and recorded 26 deaths, down from 38 last year.