California Highway Patrol (CHP) set a maximum enforcement period over the New Years holiday, resulting in 491 arrests for driving under the influence over a 30-hour period beginning 6:01 p.m. New Year’s Eve and ending 11:59 p.m. New Years Day. More arrests were made per hour over this maximum enforcement period than during last year’s New Years period. The CHP made about 16 arrests per hour over the entirety of the enforcement period. Last year, 1,140 arrests were made over an enforcement period of 102 hours, about 11 arrests per hour.
Of the 491 late 2019 early 2020 DUI arrests, the vast majority were on suspicion of drinking and driving. CHP identified 34 arrests where drugs or a combination of drugs and alcohol were factors in the arrest. At least three people were killed in crashes during the enforcement period, but it was not immediately clear if these crashes were caused by drunk or impaired drivers.
See the announced statistics from the CHP here.
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