The California Highway Patrol has experienced a busy Fourth of July, making almost 600 DUI arrests across the state and even issuing more than 400 speeding citations along Interstate 80.
This year almost 600 suspected drunk drivers were detained statewide and a dozen people killed in crashes since CHP’s maximum enforcement period started for the long period of July holiday weekend, authorities said Friday. To be exact a total of 589 DUI arrests were made from 6 pm Wednesday, and even 6 am Friday, according to the California Highway Patrol.
To put the figure in perspective, last year 389 motorists were detained on suspicion of DUI within a 30-hour period during the Fourth of July holiday in 2018 the CHP reported.
On Wednesday night, CHP’s Central Los Angeles office tweeted a photo of an officer conducting a field sobriety test on a suspected DUI motorist that was ultimately detained.
`He practically made it Home,’ but we might have stopped him from running that red light a few feet away & causing a tragedy,” the tweet said.
DUI arrests over July 4th holiday in San Diego County were higher in 2019 compared to 2018
The California Highway Patrol detained 46 drivers for drunken driving in San Diego County within the holiday season, officials said Friday.
While there were no fatalities on county freeways this calendar year, the CHP said eight people were killed, three without seatbelts, in California during the 30-hour 4th of July holiday period. The CHP holiday reporting period started 6 pm July 3 and even finished at 6 am July 5.
California DUI arrests more than triple July 4 said the CHP,
According to the CHP, since Wednesday night there were 12 people killed in crashes, which include two pedestrians, a 65-year elderly lady from Tustin who had been involved in a three-vehicle accident, and even also a 44-year-old guy from Norco who had been killed when two vehicles collided on Thursday night in Riverside County.
This prior calendar year, 18 people passed-away after car accidents in San Diego during the Independence Day enforcement period.
2019 Deaths Caused by Car Crashes During The July 4rh Holiday
There were 12 driving fatalities in California during the holiday period this year, as reported by all law enforcement agencies. Last year, there were 17. This year, there were 589 DUI arrests throughout California.
Last year, there were 389. Additionally, There were no motorcycle deaths reported statewide. CHP officers are out in full force for the long holiday weekend in an effort to keep impaired drivers off the road.
The maximum enforcement period started at 6 pm on Wednesday and ends on Sunday at midnight.