Thanksgiving fatalities up from last year

November 28, 2008 12:51:11 PM PST
Between 6 p.m. Wednesday and 6 a.m. Friday, CHP officers made 513 arrests statewide for driving under the influence. Eighty-three of those drivers were arrested in the Bay Area, CHP Sgt. Trent Cross said.

Last year, the CHP arrested 618 drivers statewide during the same enforcement period, and arrested 82 drivers in the Bay Area, Cross said.

One fatal collision was reported in the Bay Area during the enforcement period this year, and one was reported last year, according to Cross.

Fifteen people have died in crashes in California, up from 12 during the same time last year, Cross said.

The CHP will continue its maximum enforcement efforts through Sunday night.