Drunk Drivers Keeping California Highway Patrol Busy Over Holiday | 600 DUI Arrests and 12 Deaths So Far…

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The Fourth of July holiday weekend is off to a busy start for the California Highway Patrol, with officers making nearly 600 DUI arrests around the state so far, reports KCRAOfficers made 589 DUI arrests between Wednesday evening and Friday morning, which is a 51% increase from last year. They also investigated 10 deadly crashes in which a total of 12 people lost their lives.

 The CHP’s Valley Division, which encompasses the greater Sacramento area, reported 68 DUI arrests and one deadly crash.

And in another clampdown, more than 460 citations have been issued by the California Highway Patrol on Interstate 80 since Wednesday as part of a multistate operation targeting speeding drivers. The CHP teamed up with Nevada’s Highway Patrol for a joint maximum enforcement crackdown on speeders along Interstate 80 stretching from San Francisco to the Utah border.

“Statewide 30 percent of all fatal accidents were speed related,” CHP spokesman Mike Harris said. “Our goal is not to write tickets. It’s to try to educate drivers about why speed is dangerous. But if you can’t heed our warning, unfortunately, we’ll have to use enforcement.”

As of Friday at noon, the CHP had issued 467 citations and gave 92 verbal warnings, according to the CHP Valley Division. The joint effort is aimed at reducing and avoiding fatal accidents associated with speed.