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DUI arrests down during Christmas holiday period in Bay Area, across state

One traffic death compared to 15 for holiday period a year ago, police report

Arrests for driving under the influence and traffic deaths over the holiday weekend are down compared to last year, according to numbers released by the California Highway Patrol Monday.

In the period spanning from 6 p.m. Dec. 24 through midnight on Dec. 26, Bay Area CHP officers made 115 DUI arrests, down from 195 for the same period last year.

Across the state, CHP officers nabbed 658 drivers for drunken driving, which is also a drop from the 1104 arrests for the same period in 2009.

Traffic deaths statewide were just a fraction of what they were last year, with just a single fatality this year versus 15 from last year.

During the next maximum enforcement period, up to 80 percent of all available uniformed officers will be out in force for the New Year's holiday, according to the CHP.

Patricia Decker, Bay City News

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