LOS ANGELES (CBS) — There were fewer casualties on Los Angeles County highways during the first 36 hours of the Thanksgiving holiday period than last year, authorities said.

Two people were killed since the holiday period began, two fewer than in 2009.

There were 98 drunken driving arrests on highways patrolled by the California Highway Patrol, compared to 116 last year.

Statewide, seven traffic deaths were reported, five less than last year during the same period. There were 520 arrests for drunken driving across the state, 22 less than last year.

The CHP patrols freeways and state highways in Los Angeles County and some surface streets in unincorporated areas.

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