Thanksgiving weekend DUI arrests down from last year

Nearly 1,500 drivers statewide were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol Thanksgiving weekend, 207 of which were in the Bay Area, California Highway Patrol Sgt. Les Bishop said Sunday.

The preliminary numbers from the CHP Maximum Enforcement Period from 6 p.m. Wednesday through 6 a.m. Sunday revealed fewer people were arrested in 2007 than in 2006 on suspicion of drunken driving, according to Bishop.

During the holiday weekend in 2006, 217 people in the Bay Area and 1,542 statewide were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

However, the number of fatal car accidents in the Bay Area over Thanksgiving weekend increased compared with the same period in 2006. Two fatal collisions occurred in the Bay Area in the enforcement period, compared with none in the same period in 2006, Bishop said.

The number of statewide traffic fatalities was down according to preliminary totals, he said.

This year, 34 people were killed in traffic-related deaths on CHP patrolled highways and city patrolled roadways, according to Bishop. The number is down from the 37 traffic deaths reported in the same period in 2006.

Statistics from the weekend are preliminary and will be updated again with more accurate numbers, according to Bishop.

— Bay City News

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