Riverside DUI Arrests Up, Traffic Deaths Down

By Mary Ann

The California Highway Patrol reported that as of Sunday afternoon, only one person had died on Riverside and San Diego County roads around Riverside California over the Thanksgiving weekend. Last year, five people died in traffic accidents during the holiday. As of 6 a.m. Sunday, police in San Diego County had made 129 DUI arrests, 14 more than last year. A San Diego County CHP officer said “You can probably attribute the amount of arrests going up (to the lower number of fatalities).  More people may be getting arrested before they can crash.”

Throughout California, the number of traffic fatalities over the Thanksgiving weekend decreased to 38 this year, 14 fewer than last year. CHP officers arrested 1,537 for DUI this year, compared with 1,418 last year.

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