Unhappy New Year for 208 DUI Suspects

The number of fatalities were down this year, says the CHP, but the number of DUI arrests was the same as 2011.

By Bay City News Service

Arrests for DUIs in the Bay Area over the holiday season this year was the same as last year, according to the California Highway Patrol.

From 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, to 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 1, the CHP reported one fatal collision in the Bay Area and 208 DUI arrests. Last year, the CHP saw three fatal crashes and 208 DUI arrests during the same period, according to CHP officials. Statewide, 1,273 drivers were arrested on suspicion of DUI over the past four days, compared to 1,270 arrests statewide during the same enforcement period last year.

Out of the 16 people killed in crashes on CHP-patrolled roadways over the holiday weekend, four were not wearing seatbelts, officials said. The CHP is reminding motorists to use a designated driver rather than driving under the influence and to buckle up.

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