California DUI criminal defense attorneys are told California Highway Patrol reported an up-tick in arrests for drunk driving across the state. A total of 438 motorists were charged with driving under the influence in California, with 11 traffic related deaths attributable to alcohol. Last year there were 362 arrests and 4 fatalities.
In the San Francisco Bay Area, officers arrested 84 drivers for California DUI, more than twice the number in 2007. The increase in drunk driving arrests surprised law enforcement officers, as the number of DUI arrests made during the Christmas holiday were down as much as 40%.
The arrest reporting period started early evening New Year's Eve and ended early morning on New Year's Day.