CHP reports increase in DUI arrests

September 2, 2008 12:14:19 AM PDT
The California Highway Patrol reported a slight increase in DUI arrests and a decrease in traffic deaths in the state during the first three nights of the four-day Labor Day weekend maximum enforcement period.

CHP officers arrested 1,416 drivers for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol during the period from 6 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. today. That number is up from 2007, when 1,406 drivers were arrested for DUI during the first three nights of the Labor Day weekend enforcement period.

Statewide traffic deaths have decreased, with 23 people killed in the state during the enforcement period. The number of deaths this year is down compared to the 42 that were killed during the same period last year.

There have been two traffic deaths in the Bay Area during the first three nights of the enforcement period, according to the CHP.

The Labor Day holiday weekend maximum enforcement period will run through midnight today.