New Year's holiday brings DUI arrests and one fatality to Imperial County

New Year's holiday brings DUI arrests and one fatality to Imperial County

State police investigated 1,169 crashes over the three-day weekend, nearly double the number investigated during the same period previous year, when troopers responded to 595 crashes.

Neither county registered a fatal accident during the MEP, but San Andreas CHP Officer Toby Butzler reports a jump in the fatal stats for the year, from eight in 2016 to 22 last year.

CHP reported eight DUI arrests for the El Centro area and four DUI arrests for the area of Winterhaven.

The New Year's Maximum Enforcement Period was from Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 at 6:01 p.m. until Monday, Jan. 1, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.

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Over the three-day New Year's holiday period from December 30 to January 1, state troopers arrested 284 people for driving under the influence - down from 328 DUI arrests over the 2017 holiday.

"All available personnel will be on duty. Not only will officers focus on keeping the motoring public safe by removing impaired drivers from the road, they will also be watching for distracted driving, speeding, and seat belt violations, as well as motorists in need of assistance", the notice read. "In addition, CHP officers made more than 750 arrests for driving under the influence during the 78-hour holiday enforcement effort".

Royce says troopers are seeing more people drinking responsibly by having a sober friend or a ride-sharing service take them home.

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