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1 Traffic-Related Death Reported In LA County During New Year’s Holiday

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — At least one person died on a Los Angeles County highway during the New Year’s holiday, even though the California Highway Patrol reported no traffic fatalities between Friday and Jan. 1.

The law enforcement agency didn’t include the death of a 23-year-old pedestrian on Pacific Coast Highway east of Malibu around 2:15 a.m. on New Year’s Day in its official tally, as Los Angeles police haven’t yet submitted a report on the car accident.

Last year, the CHP reported four traffic-related deaths in the county during the same holiday period.

The state agency arrested 285 LA County drivers this year on suspicion of driving under the influence, which was 11 more than last year’s total.

Statewide, 19 people died on the roadways compared to 25 at the end of 2011, according to the CHP. There were 1,273 DUI arrests in the state, three more than the previous year.

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