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2017 a Big Year for DUI Arrests in California on the Holidays

"Any time you see a rise it's concerning, especially when we look at fatalities, because that's somebody's loved one."

- California Highway Patrol

The number of DUI arrests made throughout California in December, starting from the holidays through the New Year, increased by 22 percent in 2017 over 2016, as reported by Sophie Haigney with SFGate. The number of DUI arrests during this time edged toward 1,000 (936, to be precise), whereas in 2016, the number was significantly lower, at 767.

And the numbers are similar for Thanksgiving.

Haigney quotes an officer with California Highway Patrol:

"[T]he sheer number of arrests that are made, to see roughly 1,000 people arrested in every single maximum enforcement period, it's disheartening."

DUI: Not Just Arrests, But Crashes Too

To make matters worse (much worse), more than 20 people died in motor vehicle accidents on New Year's weekend, though presumably not all of these crashes involved alcohol or drugs.

As Haigney reports, one of the crashes resulted in the death of California Highway Patrol officer Andrew Camilleri, who died when a driver crashed into him on the on-ramp to Interstate 880. The driver is accused of being under the influence of both alcohol and cannabis.

Read more:

California DUI arrests soared during 2017 holiday season

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