Saturday, January 16, 2010

The DUI Numbers are in For 2009 Holiday Arrests

From Christmas Eve through the end of Sunday, the California Highway Patrol arrested 1104 people on suspicion of a DUI, according to a state report released today. 251 people, accounting for nearly 23% of those arrests statewide, were in Los Angeles County.

Most of the driving under the influence arrests occurred on the weekend Saturday and Sunday. Between Christmas Eve and 6 a.m. Saturday morning, only 303 people had been arrested on suspicion of drunk driving statewide and 68 in Los Angeles County.

22 people were killed statewide with 2 of those fatalities located in Los Angeles County.
Because Christmas Eve fell on a Thursday, the holiday enforcement period was shorter than last year when the holiday weekend began on Wednesday evening. There were 1397 DUI arrests and 37 fatalities (7 in Los Angeles County) in 2008.