CHP: drunk driving deaths rise 20 percent
Drunk driving accidents claimed the lives of 35 Californians during the Fourth of July Weekend, according to statistics released Wednesday by the CHP.
Between 6 p.m. July 2, and 11:59 p.m. on July 4, California Highway Patrol officers arrested 1,118 motorists on suspicion of drunk driving. A total of 211 of those arrests took place in Los Angeles County.
The number of deaths statewide signified a 35 percent increase over 2015, which recorded 25 drunk driving fatalities.
Arrests statewide rose 20 percent in 2016, although L.A. County arrests were up just 2 percent.
Authorities said the increase in deaths and arrests was likely the result of an increased holiday period.
“Our goal is to keep you safe,” a CHP official remarked in a press release distributed Wednesday.