CHP: drunk driving deaths rise 20 percent

CHP: drunk driving deaths rise 20 percent
Courtesy CHP

The CHP reports a rise in deaths and arrests during the July 4, 2016 weekend.

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.

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