Joe Manio/2004 S.F. Examiner file photoA man was arrested for DUI after reportedly driving into a Muni bus stop in Mission Terrace on Friday

Thanksgiving DUI arrests decrease, traffic fatalities increase

The California Highway Patrol is reporting that drunken driving arrests over the Thanksgiving weekend were down from 2010, while traffic deaths over the same period increased.

Preliminary numbers show that 1,350 drunken drivers were arrested statewide between 6 p.m. Wednesday and 11:59 p.m. Saturday, compared to 1,419 arrests in 2010.

Traffic deaths over the same period nearly doubled, with 21 people reportedly killed, compared to 12 in 2010, according to the CHP.

In the Bay Area, one person was killed in a traffic related incident this year, compared to zero deaths in 2010, according to the CHP.

Arrests for drunken driving in the Bay Area were up to 227, compared to 249 over the holiday weekend in 2010.

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