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More Bay Area Holiday DUI Arrests; Fewer Deaths

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(BCN) – The California Highway Patrol reported an increase in the Bay Area and statewide in the number drunken driving arrests over the Thanksgiving weekend.

The good news is that there were no alcohol-related deaths on CHP-patrolled roadways in the Bay Area, according to provisional numbers released by the CHP on Sunday. Last year, five people died in DUI-related crashes in the region.

The provisional numbers showed that CHP officers statewide made 1,419 DUI arrests between Wednesday evening and Sunday morning, compared to 1,314 arrests for the same period in 2009.

CHP officers in the Bay Area arrested 249 drunken drivers over the holiday weekend, compared to 207 arrests in 2009.

The CHP continued its heavy saturation patrols through midnight Sunday and was expected to release updated numbers later Monday.

(© 2010 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Bay City News contributed to this report.)

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