CHP Says Drunken Driving Arrests Up This Weekend

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The California Highway Patrol says the number of drunken driving arrests CHP officers have made so far during the holiday weekend is up, but fatalities are down.

The CHP says since the start of its stepped-up holiday enforcement Wednesday evening, 1,419 drivers have been arrested on suspicion of DUI across the state through 6 a.m. Sunday.

That’s up from the 1,314 arrests made for the same period in 2009.

In the nine counties that make up the San Francisco Bay area, 249 people have been arrested.

That’s up from the 207 arrests in 2009.

The CHP says there have been no fatalities on Bay Area roadways the CHP patrols so far this weekend, but there have been eight fatalities statewide.

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