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Jan 1, 2010 5:00 PM

Fewer fatal accidents, more DUI arrests over New Year's

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The California Highway Patrol says that five fatal vehicle accidents occurred statewide between New Year's Eve and New Year's morning, five fewer than last year.

The five accidents between 6 p.m. Dec. 31 and 6 a.m Jan. 1
claimed six victims because one of those killed included a pregnant woman, said Officer Tommy Riggin, a spokesman for the Highway Patrol.

In 2009, 10 fatal accidents claimed the lives of 11 people,
Reggin said.

While there were fewer fatal accidents, the highway patrol made more arrests for driving under the influence. The CHP Patrol made 527 DUI arrests between New Year's evening and morning 2010, compared to 438 in 2009.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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