DUI arrests up, but fatalities down over Memorial Day weekend

CHP charges 203 motorists for driving 'under the influence'

Fatalities are down and DUI arrests are up both statewide and in the Bay Area so far during the California Highway Patrol's maximum enforcement period for the Memorial Day weekend.

CHP officers have arrested 203 drivers allegedly under the influence between 6 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. yesterday in the Bay Area, up from last year's regional count of 193 drivers during that same time, according to CHP Sgt. Trent Cross.

Statewide, CHP officers have arrested 1,406 allegedly drunken drivers, an increase from the 1,296 drivers arrested this time last year, Cross said.

One fatality has been reported in the Bay Area's CHP jurisdiction during the holiday weekend, which occurred in Antioch. Last year there were five fatalities between Friday night and Monday morning, according to Cross.

The maximum enforcement period lasted until midnight last night.

Bay City News contributed to this story.


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Posted by Pro-Law
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 1, 2010 at 3:59 am

Does anyone know if the maximum enforcement periods, which CHP has around 80% of their officers working, is paid by the state or is grant money from the federal government given to the state?

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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Amador Estates
on Jun 3, 2010 at 7:42 am

The money comes out of the CHP donut fund.

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