California authorities on Wednesday mentioned that 50 individuals died in automobile crashes involving drivers below the affect of medication or alcohol throughout the prolonged New Yr’s weekend within the state– a disturbing improve from 40 deaths reported the identical time final yr.

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California Freeway Patrol officers arrested 1,140 statewide for driving below the affect, The San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Final yr, 936 individuals have been arrested for impaired driving over a 78-hour interval throughout New Yr’s, the report mentioned, citing the CHP.

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However this yr’s improve in arrests could possibly be linked to a lengthened most enforcement interval, when all accessible officers are on responsibility, since New Yr’s Day was on a Tuesday, officers mentioned, in response to the paper.

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“It’s not akin to final yr’s, as a result of this one was one full day longer,” mentioned Jaime Espresso, a CHP spokeswoman.

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