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CHP Looks Back At Christmas and Ahead To New Year's

Reports arrests and fatalities for the Christmas weekend and enforcement plans for New Year's.

 

Over the Christmas holiday weekend, there were fewer DUI arrests in the Bay Area compared to last year but there were more fatal collisions the California Highway Patrol told Bay City News Service.

This year 165 people were arrested for driving under the influence over the Christmas weekend. There were three fatal collisions.

During Christmas weekend last year CHP reported 188 DUI arrests and no fatal collisions.

The reporting weekend was Dec. 21 at 6 p.m. through Christmas Day.

Looking ahead to New Year's CHP says it will beef up enforcement beginning Friday, December 28 at 6 p.m. and continuing through Tuesday, January 1 at 11:59 p.m. 

The public is encouraged to report drivers they suspect may be under the influence. When calling 911 be prepared to provide:

  1. a description of the vehicle, including a license plate number;
  2. its location;
  3. and its direction of travel.

“Our ultimate goal is to help prevent avoidable tragedy by encouraging the public to make responsible choices such as designating a sober driver, buckling up, and traveling at a speed safe for conditions,” CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow said.

What are your driving plans for New Year's?

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