The California Highway Patrol released statistics on drunk driving arrests and traffic deaths during the holiday maximum enforcement period. The Fourth of July Independence Day maximum enforcement period covered a total of 78 hours from 6:01 p.m., July 2 to 11:59 p.m. on July 4.
The following details statewide and L.A. County DUI arrests and fatal collision data:
Drunk Driving Arrests (California Highway Patrol only):
Statewide CHP DUI Arrests 2016: 1118
Statewide CHP DUI Arrests 2015: 930
Los Angeles County CHP DUI Arrests 2016: 211
Los Angeles County CHP DUI Arrests 2015: 207
Statewide 2016: 35 Killed
Statewide 2015: 26 Killed
Los Angeles County 2016: 6 killed
Los Angeles County 2015: 2 killed
Note that this year’s Independence Day holiday maximum enforcement period was 24 hours longer than 2015, which may have attributed to the spike in arrests and fatal collisions.
The California Highway Patrol reminds the public to think about the massive toll that drinking and driving causes. Their goal is to help keep everyone safe. The California Highway Patrol invests in in the community’s future by reducing fatalities, injuries and crime and strive to provide the highest level of safety, service and security to all.