CHP: DUI arrest numbers down for New Year's

January 1, 2011 3:41:40 PM PST
The CHP says the number of DUI arrests is down this New Year's weekend but deadly accidents are up compared to last year.

In the Bay Area, CHP officers arrested 64 people for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. That is down from 92 arrests last year. There have been four fatal collisions in the Bay Area so far. There were none during the same period last year.

"Whenever there's a fatal crash, especially around New Year's, that means families are starting their new year planning a funeral for a loved one," Sgt. Trent Cross told ABC7.

The CHP will continue its maximum enforcement program through midnight Sunday.