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Update: Labor Day Weekend DUI Arrests, Fatalities Higher This Year

The numbers for the first 60 hours are up compared to last year.

The number of drivers arrested for DUI on California highways during the first 60 hours of the Labor Day weekend is up from last year, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Statewide, CHP officers have made 1,399 DUI arrests, compared to 1,360 last year. The numbers for San Diego County are also up, with 84 DUI arrests this year and 72 last year.

The reporting period began Friday at 6:00 p.m. and ended Monday at 6:00 a.m. The arrest figures only reflect arrests made by CHP officers, they don’t include arrests by other law-enforcement agencies.

During the same time period, 16 people have been killed in traffic accidents in California this year, according to the CHP. There were 11 fatalities in the same time period last year. Those numbers include all law-enforcement agencies in the state.

This story was updated Monday morning.

tom Comeau September 05, 2011 at 01:48 PM
With the mounting statistics, it should be obvious to everyone that the punishment for driving while impaired is not severe enough to deter the crime. The solution is tougher sentences and more loss of the privilege of driving. We have way too many multiple offenders in this category and that is indefensible in a self-regulated society.
Deana September 05, 2011 at 07:57 PM
They need to advertise the punishment with alcohol sales.

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