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CHP releases numbers on New Year’s DUI arrests

Posted at 9:14 PM, Jan 02, 2019

California Highway Patrol Officers arrested more than 1,140 people for driving under the influence over New Year’s weekend.

It was part of CHP’s maximum enforcement effort over the New Year’s weekend.

Officers added at least 50 people were killed in collisions across the state. Nearly half of the people who died were not wearing seatbelts.

Last year, CHP  arrested 936 people for impaired driving over the maximum enforcement period. Officers said they extended the maximum enforcement period from 72 hours to 102 hours, which may have contributed to the increase.

59 people died in DUI-related crashes over the Thanksgiving holiday enforcement period.