936 Arrested DUI in California; 40 Dead Over New Year’s Eve Weekend, CHP Says

936 Arrested DUI in California; 40 Dead Over New Year's Eve Weekend, CHP SaysDeath Toll Nearly Double in 2017-2018 Compared to Last Year’s New Year’s Eve Weekend

CALIFORNIA — Forty people died and 936 people were arrested on DUI charges on California highways over the New Year’s Eve weekend, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The number of fatalities was staggering, up 38 percent compared to the same period a year ago. The New Year’s holiday began at 6:01 p.m. Friday and ended at 11:59 p.m. on Monday.

CHP officers also arrested 22 percent more people on DUI charges compared to the 2016-2017 holiday weekend.

 Thirteen of the 40 people who died on California highways over New Year’s were not wearing seat belts, police said.

The New Year’s holiday death toll was nearly double that of the Christmas weekend. Over Christmas, 27 people were killed on California highways, the CHP reports. Some 917 people were arrested by CHP officers on DUI charges that same weekend.

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