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DUI arrests spike during CHP’s Fourth of July Maximum Enforcement Period

Posted: 8:35 PM, Jul 08, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-08 22:28:02-04

More than 20 deaths and 1,200 DUI arrests were reported statewide over the long Fourth of July holiday.

During the California Highway Patrol’s Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP) July 3 through 7, officers say 1,204 DUI arrests were made and 21 people were killed in crashes.

Three of the deaths were reported in CHP’s Coastal Division from Monterey to Ventura counties where there were more than 120 DUI arrests made.

There were no deadly crashes reported in San Luis Obispo or Santa Barbara counties.

During the MEP, officers were on the lookout for impaired drivers.

CHP says last year, at least 18 people died in crashes statewide over the Fourth of July MEP and 389 DUI arrests were made, significantly less compared to this year.