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4 More DUI Drivers Arrested in San Diego County on NY's Weekend Than Last Year

Although more DUI drivers were arrested than last year in San Diego County, a decrease was seen at the statewide level.

Four more drivers were arrested over the New Year's holiday weekend in San Diego County than last year, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP).

Two people were killed as a result of drunk driving, which did not go up since last year despite a slight increase in reported DUI arrests, said CHP officers. A total of 47 drivers suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs were arrested between 6 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Monday.

Although there were more DUI arrests in San Diego County, there was a decrease in reported DUI arrests at the statewide level. California had 698 DUI arrests across the state, which is 146 less cases than last year, according to the CHP.

However, although there were less DUIs reported overall, there were several more fatalities across California, said CHP officers. Last year, 13 people died in DUI-related crashes across the state, whereas 19 people were killed this year.

Orange County saw a huge decrease in their number of DUIs, with only 24 arrests this years. That marks a significant decrease since last year, when there were 42 DUI arrests, according to the CHP.

Six people killed in DUI crashes across California were not wearing seat belts.

On Sunday the CHP released early data that suggested fatalities were down in San Diego County since the previous year. Since then, the most updated batch of numbers show the number of fatalities has remained stagnant.

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