Increase in Labor Day DUIs, Fatalities: CHP

California has seen an increase in the number of arrests for drunken driving and alcohol-related fatalities during this year's Labor Day weekend, California Highway Patrol reported Sunday.

Officials reported 1008 arrests for DUI within the first 36 hours of the holiday weekend. Statewide, 990 arrests were reported in 2010.

Ten people died over the weekend in alcohol-related incidents, compared to six last year, according to a media release.

San Diego also saw an increase, with 58 DUI arrests this year and only 49 reported last year.

The drunken driving only tallies up arrests by CHP officers and the fatality statistics are for all law enforcement agencies, officials said. Officials noted it can take time for fatality reports to be forwarded by local police agencies to the CHP.

At San Diego’s DUI checkpoints, three arrests were made and 11 citations given at the drunken driving checkpoint in Imperial Beach, Imperial Beach Traffic Sergeant Ted Greenawald told City News Service.

In La Mesa, police arrested two individuals on suspicion of drunken driving and gave two citations, La Mesa Police Sergeant Peter Andersson said in an interview with City News Service.

These checkpoints serve as a reminder that drunken driving and driving without a license will not be tolerated, Andersson told the wire service.

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